Last updated 05:00 03/04/2014
Teachers at some Wellington schools are being offered herbal medicine and vitamins as alternatives to a flu vaccination.
Waterloo School in Lower Hutt is trialling alternatives to the flu jab for the first time this year after a decline in the number of teachers getting the injection.
The idea arose after administration manager Cheryl Wilson started investigating other ways to support teachers who opposed flu vaccinations for personal reasons.
Wilson, who chose a two-month course of the herbal medicine echinacea, was one of 10 staff to do so. They appreciated having the choice and were lucky the school was in a position to be able to afford to offer free options, she said.
Ten other staff picked multi-vitamins, while 16 received vaccinations, and nine staff did not want any of the options.
Wilson pointed out that options were not being offered to children, for whom parents would choose whether to vaccinate.
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