Occupational Health Vaccinations NHS
People who work in certain jobs should be vaccinated against high-risk diseases they may be exposed to at work. These occupational health vaccinations should be arranged and paid for by your employer (please see ‘Immunisation against Infectious Disease’ (‘The Green Book’) on the Department of Health website for more details). The list below provides some examples:
Vaccinations for healthcare workers
Nurses (and other health care workers) with direct patient contact who work in nursing homes, hospitals, general practices etc should have a flu vaccine every year, this is to protect them and their patients. Other vaccines are also sometimes recommended to help protect them and the vulnerable people they work with. These health services and vaccines may include BCG (against tuberculosis), varicella (against chickenpox), MMR (against measles, mumps and rubella) and hepatitis B. Social care workers should also have the annual flu vaccine.
Occupational health vaccinations nhs for at-risk staff
Some laboratory staff, people who handle animal species that are susceptible to TB, some prison staff, those working in homes for older people, staff of hostels for homeless people and facilities for refugees and asylum seekers may be recommended to have BCG vaccination. Likewise, some laboratory staff, morticians, embalmers and prison workers with regular contact with prisoners may be recommended to have the hepatitis B vaccine.
People who work with sewage and are at repeated risk of being exposed to raw sewage may be recommended to have hepatitis A immunisation for protection from infection. Welders are also recommended to receive vaccination against pneumococcal disease.
Other occupational groups that may benefit from immunisations include police, fire and rescue services.
Occupational health vaccinations available
- Hepatitis B (full course to include 3 doses plus post-vaccine blood test)
- Hepatitis B booster
- Hepatitis A monodose
- Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) per course of 2 doses
- Varicella (per course of 2 doses)
- BCG Scar Check
- TB Screen—to include mantoux test/reading and BCG
- Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria
- Typhoid (per course of 2 doses)
- Influenza (FLU)
Blood tests available
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
Occupational Health Vaccinations - Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what vaccines I need or even if I need any at all?
Our specially trained Occupational Health nurses will do a full assessment of your role and advise on all the health risks, even those that cannot be vaccinated against. You may have already have had some vaccinations with your GP or for travel, but as a general rule GPs do not vaccinate for work purposes. If you are able to obtain any vaccination records from your GP or previous Occupational Health provider this will help us decide what is needed.
How long will it take for my vaccine to work?
Some immunisations offer protection within 2-3 weeks whilst other schedules require a full course of two or more doses of the vaccine, sometimes several weeks apart before they offer full protection, so contact us as soon as you know what you require and we can provide you with this information
Will it hurt?
You are likely to feel a slight stinging sensation and some aching to the injection area. Our nurses are very experienced and will make the process are comfortable as possible for you. Please feel you can discuss any concerns with the nurse prior to the injections especially if you are anxious about having injections.
What are the side effects?
All the vaccinations have different side effects and the nurse will discuss this with you prior to giving any vaccinations. Common side effects include (but are not restricted to):
- Some redness, swelling and an ache to the injection area.
- Feeling tired or lethargic
- A slight raise in temperature
- Headaches and nausea.
These are usually short lived and can occur immediately afterwards and for up to 48 hours. Taking over the counter medication such as Paracetamol will help if you are able to take this preparation.
The nurse will advise of any specific side effects for some vaccinations before you are vaccinated and you will be given written information to take home with you.
I’m scared of needles – do I have to have the injections?
We understand that for some people the thought of having an injection is simply terrifying. Our nurses are very sympathetic to this and will risk assess you to make sure you are only having the injections you absolutely need. Please let us know when you book your appointment that you have a phobia of needles and will make sure you have extra time allocated so you can feel as comfortable as possible with the process.
How much will it cost me?
All vaccinations have different costs. Please contact the department on 02392 283352 to obtain current prices.
Can everyone be vaccinated?
Most people can be vaccinated without concerns. Everyone is assessed individually but as a general rule we would delay vaccination in anyone who had a fever, or has had a recent illness or medication that has affected their immune system.
We would not vaccinate anyone who had a known severe allergy (that had required emergency treatment) to any of the vaccines or components.
Some vaccinations are not suitable in pregnancy and whilst breast feeding.
Some chronic illnesses mean you cannot be vaccinated – most people would already have been advised this by a GP or Consultant.
Please be assured that any discussion regarding medical conditions will be treated a confidential and no information disclosed to any other party without your knowledge and consent.
Other medical services we can provide
This assessment will evaluate if someone is fit to work in certain environments.view service
These checks will also identify if existing control measures in place are adequateview service
Work Health Assessments
We will identify if an employee is fit to undertake night workview service