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ATAGI have updated their advice on when people who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection should receive a subsequent COVID-19 vaccine dose. It is now recommended that all people should wait for 3 months after confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection before they receive their next COVID-19 vaccine dose. The next scheduled dose should then be given as soon as possible after this period.

This updated advice reflects the lower risk of reinfection with the Omicron variant within the first 3 months following a confirmed infection, particularly if prior COVID-19 vaccine doses have been received. It also recognises the Delta variant is no longer circulating in Australia and in the past 3 months Omicron has been the dominant variant. This advice may change if future variants of SARS-CoV-2 emerge.

Waiting for a 3-month period after infection before COVID-19 vaccination is intended to optimise protection for that person.  A longer gap between infection and vaccination is likely to lead to a better immune response and result in longer protection from reinfection.

This change in recommendation applies to all people who are recommended to receive COVID-19 vaccination (i.e., from 5 years and above), regardless of how many COVID-19 vaccine doses they have received. It does not apply to other vaccines (for example, influenza vaccinations) which can continue to be administered as usual.


Newsletter – April – May 2022

Impact on Children with Family Break-ups

It is estimated that 40% of marriages will end in divorce or separation. in many instances, there are children involved, and the impact on them is significant.


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Flu Vaccination

With all the focus on Covid 19 Vaccination, including boosters, which many will have had by the end of March, it may be easy to forget that flu season will be with us soon.


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Otitis Media

The human ear has three parts (outer,middle, and inner ear). All three can get infected. Otitis media is an ear infection of the middle ear.


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Dealing with Depression

Depression is common, affecting as many as one in five Australians. For some, it can be an  ongoing condition with ups and downs. For others, there may be only one isolated episode.


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Recipe of the Month


The Winter Covid Booster

Atagi Advice on the Winter Booster

The Winter Booster will be available (for eligible patients) with the seasonal Flu Vaccine

ATAGI has recommended an additional COVID-19 winter booster dose for those at higher risk of serious illness.
From April 2022, you’ll be eligible for an additional winter COVID-19 booster vaccine (second booster dose) if you are:
• Aged 65 years or over
• An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person aged 50 years and over
• A resident of an aged care or disability care facility
• Aged 16 years and over and severely immunocompromised (for this group the winter booster
dose will be the fifth COVID-19 vaccine dose (three primary doses, first booster and winter booster)
Please call 65431222 to book your Winter Booster.
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Flu Vaccinations

Flu Vaccine Advice from Atagi

Flu Immunisation clinics will commence at the end of April, with bookings open now.

We have both government supplied and private vaccines for those aged 5-64 who are not eligible for the funded vaccine. Private Vaccines are $20.

Free seasonal influenza vaccine is funded for the following groups at higher risk of complications from influenza:


  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age (including Aboriginal and medically at risk)
  • all individuals aged 5 years and over with medical risk conditions, namely:
    • cardiac disease, including cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
    • chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
    • other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
    • chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders
    • impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use
    • children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy
  • pregnant women (influenza vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
  • people aged 65 years and over (vaccine that is specifically designed to produce a higher immune response is available for this group).



Covid Booster

Are you 16 and over? Did you have your 2nd Covid Vaccine over 3 months ago?


If so, You are now due for your Booster.

Two doses of COVID-19 vaccine provide very good protection, especially against severe disease.

A booster dose will make sure the protection from the first 2 doses is even stronger and longer lasting, and should help prevent spread of the virus.

A booster dose increases your protection against:

  • infection with the virus that causes COVID-19
  • severe disease
  • dying from COVID-19.


The booster dose will continue to protect you, your family and your community against COVID-19.

We hold Covid Booster Clinics Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Call us on 65431222 for an appointment.




We are taking bookings for Novavax

We are taking bookings for Novavax. At this stage it is approved as a primary course only – NOT boosters at this stage.


Please call 65431222 to book your vaccine in one of our Covid Clinics.


The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any live virus, and it cannot give you
COVID-19. It contains an important part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus called the spike protein.
It also contains an adjuvant called Matrix-M, which helps create a stronger immune response.
After getting the vaccine, your immune system learns to recognise and fight against the
SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.


Novavax Atagi Vaccine Information


Newsletter – February – March 2022

School Refusal in Children and Adolescents

This is where children experience severe emotional distress at having to go to school, which can lead to considerable absence from school, impacting education and job prospects.


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Mobile Phone Use In kids

It is hard to believe that the ubiquitous mobile phone only became widely used in the 1990's and smart phones just this century.


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Ross River Virus

This is a viral infection spread by mosquitos. It typically causes joint inflammation, muscle pain and fatigue.


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Planter Fasciitis – heel pain

A common cause of heel pain, planter fasciitis, is an inflammation of the tissue (planter fascia), which runs along the sole of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes creating the foot's arch.


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Covid Injections for 5 – 11 Year Olds

This week we commence the 5 – 11 year old Pfizer Vaccination Program.


The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years is a smaller dose (one third of the active component of the vaccine) than the vaccine for people aged 12 years and over.


Pfizer Vaccine for Children Aged 5 – 11 Years


Should I vaccinate my child against Covid 19


We will hold clinics weekly. Please call 65431222 to book an appointment.





Retirement of Dr Ruth Foster

After 31 years service at Brook Medical Centre, Dr Foster has retired.


Dr Foster will be missed by patients, colleagues and staff.


We are proud of the work you have done,

the person who you are,

and the difference you have made.