Flu Immunisation clinics will commence in 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 haemoglobinopathiechronic 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).
Brook Medical Centre will also be doing COVID 19 vaccination, as part of the 1b vaccine rollout.
Appointments for Phase 1B COVID vaccination can now be taken.
Further details can be found on Government website:
We have no control over the number of COVID 19 vaccines we will receive and so it is vital we ensure the most vulnerable are immunised first, not just the ones eligible in group 1b.
We have been allocated only a minimal supply initially. Immunisation is NOT compulsory for anyone.
The government health department guidance specifically states you are at highest risk if you:
- Have had an organ transplant and are on immune suppressive therapy
- Have had a bone marrow transplant in the past 2 years
- Are on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
- Have had blood cancer, in the past 5 years, including leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome
- Are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
It is important we continue to provide routine GP care & emergency care to our patients during this time to help you achieve optimal health.
Public health precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 must still be adhered to, even when you are immunised.
stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people
wash your hands frequented with soap and water or hand sanitiser,
& have a COVID-19 test if unwell with cold or flu like symptoms.