We wish to help all our patients access influenza vaccination in a timely, efficient and safe manner. To help facilitate this, we will run some quick access influenza only sessions .

These quick access sessions are NOT SUITABLE for people  who:

  • Are already unwell  with fever, respiratory symptoms
  • Who have contact with confirmed COVID cases
  • If you are required to self-isolate for 14 days due to travel within the last 14 days.
  • If a household member is a suspected case.
  • Cannot stand  for 40 minutes
  • Are prone to fainting or dizziness after needles or procedures.

These will take place outside  so we can maintain social distancing.

Due to the way these sessions are taking place we will not be able to deal with any other issues.Patients attending the rapid access influenza only sessions will need to  book another consultation / telephone consultation for all other matters (including scripts , referrals, other immunisations).

PATIENTS UNDER 65 years old

On 24 March we have a limited stock of  private Influenza immunisations.

The first of the quick access sessions with take place on Friday 27 March 2020  and will be  for:

  • PRIVATE INFLUENZA stock only.
  • For patients aged 12 to 64 years (without other chronic conditions)
  • Patients who are not eligible for a government funded flu vaccination (see below) are able to purchase this through a private script. Our clinic has received our first batch of stock of private flu vaccines, which are available at a cost of $20 plus consultation fee
  • The consultation will be billed direct to Medicare on your behalf.

To book an appointment for these sessions please ring 07 3216 8500.

Government stock for those over 65 yrs old or  <65yo with Chronic Conditions is still coming and we will post once we  have details of arrival.

People wishing to attend the quick access immunization sessions are asked to read the page about COVID safety, the process and risks (click the text)

PATIENTS UNDER 65 YEARS OLD WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS

In 2020, flu vaccines funded through the National Immunisation Program are available to the following groups. This is due to their increased risk of complications from influenza.

  • Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy) – Pregnancy – Influenza immunisation advice
  • All people aged 65 years and over
  • People aged 6 months and over with medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications (scroll to bottom of page for table below)

We will be announcing some time for the Over 65 yo and other Government supplied immunizations as soon as we can so please be patient. Please check our Facebook page rather than phone reception as we will advise there once we know the dates.

PATIENTS OVER 65 years old

PATIENTS over 65 yrs old will receive a different (stronger) vaccination to those under 65, and this is only available from GPs through the Government supply. it is not available at pharmacies, and won’t be able at the PRIVATE immunizations sessions. We will be announcing some time for the Over 65 yo and other Government supplied immunizations as soon as we can so please be patient. Please check our Facebook page rather than phone reception as we will advise there once we know the dates.

Government stock for those over 65 yrs old or  <65yo with Chronic Conditions is still coming and we will post once we  have details of arrival.

People wishing to attend the quick access immunization sessions are asked to read the page about COVID safety, the process and risks (click the text)

Get your Flu shot from your GP

Annual flu vaccination is the most important measure to prevent influenza (the flu) and its complications. It is recommended for all people aged 6 months and over (unless contraindicated). This year it may also reduce the chances of complication of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Influenza usually peaks around June to September (“Ekka Flu”) for us in the suburbs of Mt Gravatt, Mansfield, and Wishart, but this year the advice is to have it early. Its is considered wisest to have an Influenza immunization as soon as they are available to avoid the double whammy of Influenza and COVID-19, even though it may be necessary to get a booster later in the year if the Flu season is late and/or severe.

Influenza may occasionally cause severe complications such as pneumonia and making your existing medical conditions worse leading to hospitalization and even death. Unfortunately infection with COVID-19 at the same time may well make the chances of complication  more likely.

Do I need a  flu shot every year?

The influenza virus is always changing so the influenza vaccine changes too. To protect yourself from influenza, you should get vaccinated every year. This year it is even more important to have a flu shot due reduce the risks of a double whammy from Influenza and COVID-19.

The 2020 flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over. The influenza vaccine does not contain live virus, so you can’t get influenza from the vaccine. The influenza vaccine does not contain live virus, so you can’t get influenza from the vaccine.

How much is the flu shot?

During the RAPID ACCESS Immunization sessions consultation will be Bulk Billed to Medicare. Immunizations given at other times will attract the usual practice fees.

Patients who are not eligible for a government funded flu vaccination (see below) are able to purchase this through a private script. Our clinic stock of private flu vaccines is available at a cost of $20 plus consultation fee

In 2020, flu vaccines funded through the National Immunisation Program are available to the following groups. These immunizations will still attract a consultation fee.

Australian handbook of Immunisation

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