Routine immunisation clinics are held: Monday 9.30 – 11.30am, Tuesday 2.00-4.00pm & Friday 9.30-11.30am. Please book with reception for 2,4,6,12 & 18 month immunisations.
Each year a seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine is developed to protect you against the most common strains of flu for that year. The flu can be very serious leading to complications such as pneumonia, myocarditis (inflammation of heart), neurologic conditions and other bacterial infections.
As the strains of flu virus can change from year to year, receiving a flu vaccine every year ensures you are protected against the current flu virus strain.
We are holding a number of clinics for vaccinations which are funded by the government (no cost to you). If you are eligible for one of these please ask at reception to book your appointment.
Eligibility criteria is:
- everyone aged 65 years and over
- all pregnant women (including those in the first trimester)
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months up to 5 years of age
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 15 years of age and over
- people six months of age or older with the following underlying chronic medical conditions:
- cardiac disease
- chronic respiratory conditions including severe asthma
- other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, for example diabetes, chronic renal (kidney) failure, chronic metabolic disease and haemoglobinopathies
- chronic neurological conditions that may impact on respiratory function
- including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders and other neuromuscular disorders
- people with impaired immunity, including HIV infection, malignancy and chronic steroid use
- children on long term aspirin therapy
Although not free, the seasonal flu vaccine is also strongly recommended for:
- people who may potentially pass on the flu to those people at high risk of complications from flu infections
- people providing essential services (police and ambulance officers)
- workers in other industries (corporations wishing to reduce absenteeism in the work force)
Children six months of age up to less than nine years of age receiving the flu vaccine for the first time will need to receive two doses one month apart, to ensure an adequate immune response is produced. This will ensure the child is protected and help prevent infection.
There are specific flu vaccine brands and doses recommended for children. Speak to your doctor or practice nurse for further information.
If you are not eligible for a free vaccine you will need to:
- book an appointment with your doctor to obtain a prescription (a consult charge is payable)
- purchase vaccine from a pharmacy (ensuring this is kept refrigerated until needed)
- book appointment with one of our nurses to have the vaccine administered
Please note we are unable to administer vaccines prescribed by a doctor outside of this practice.