Infection Control and Immunisation

Infectious diseases can be transferred from one infected person to another and include viral illnesses such as influenza, other common viruses causing influenza-like illness and colds and coughs, as well as gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting illnesses). These can be a significant cause of lost productivity for a business.
New Zealand lost around 7.3 million working days to absence in 2020. Non work-related illness (including COVID-19 ) was the most common cause of absence. The direct costs of absence amounted to $1.85 billion across the economy in 2020.

Promoting good infection control measures and immunisation within your workplace can prevent a wide range of infectious diseases, including Covid-19.

See the following sections for examples of how to address Infection Control and Immunisation at each of these levels.