Editorial: Not a good example

It's often the way, isn't it, that tradespeople aren't necessarily the best advertisements for their jobs.

Barbers and haircuts, mechanics and their cars, painters and their own houses.

Now we can add, it seems, health workers and getting treated for the flu.

South Canterbury health board workers have had their worst sickness record in a decade.

Due in part to not having their flu jabs. Their free flu jabs.

Only half of them took up the offer this winter, because, some said, they never get the flu. Guess what?

It's hardly setting a good example is it?

While more workplaces now offer subsidised or free vaccinations, and the Government makes them available to the vulnerable, there is still a reluctance among individuals to oblige.

Some people are convinced the vaccination actually makes them sick. Others just don't like needles.

For health workers though you'd think it would be a no brainer.

They are more likely to be exposed to sickness, and other people's health depends on their health.

Unless they don't believe in the vaccinations for some reason, in which case we'd all like to know what that reason is.

That fewer than half took up the chance of a free jab is not to be sneezed at.

Especially as other initiatives the health board has implemented, like gym memberships and holiday incentives, have attracted outside criticism, even though they may well work.

So do vaccinations, so there should be a higher uptake.

Yet you can't make the flu jab compulsory. Or can you? In a hospital?

ANOTHER THING:  All power to Police Minister Anne Tolley in her bid to set up a sex offenders' register in New Zealand.

It makes sense that it be available to government agencies, and not to the public.

At some point the public has to trust that those agencies will look after them, and the more information they have about the movements of offenders, the better.

The Timaru Herald