Please call reception on 9509 7633 to book an appointment

Friday 27th April             1.30-3.00pm
Saturday 28th April    10.30-12.30pm
Tuesday 1st May             5.30-7.30pm
Wednesday 2nd May      1.30-3.00pm 
Thursday 3rd May           5.30-7.30pm
Saturday 5th May       10.30-12.30pm                                                                                            Tuesday 8th May             5.30-7.30pm                                                                                                   Thursday 10th May         5.30-7.30pm                                                                                                  Friday 11th May              2.00-4.00pm                                                                                             Saturday 19th May     10.30-12.30pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

ARE YOU GETTING THE CORRECT VACCINE?

We have seen reports in newspapers that patients are hastening to get their flu vaccines following recent media reports regarding the seriousness of Influenza, but are not getting the correct vaccine for them.

If you are 65 or older you are eligible for an enhanced trivalent flu vaccine. (Brand names: Fluzone and Fluad). This vaccine has a 25% stronger immune response to flu than the standard quadrivalent vaccine. Both the WHO (World Health Organisation) and ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) recommends this vaccine for patients aged 65 and older. The strain which is not included in this vaccine is the Brisbane influenza B strain which is much less likely to be here this year. This years enhanced trivalent vaccine gives older Australians added protection.

Only accredited Pharmacy Immunisers are registered to give the Government funded vaccines. If you plan to have your vaccine at a pharmacy you should check that they are accredited to ensure you get the correct vaccine.

The Victorian Government has funded the flu vaccine for children 5 and under this year. If you have some chronic diseases, or are pregnant you also qualify for a Government funded quadrivalent vaccine.

We are told there have been greater than 10,000 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza already this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Fees and Eligibility

(1) Attending the Flu Clinic:

(a) Health Care Card Holders/Pension card Holders/Commonwealth Senior card holders or children under 16 years of age will not be charged a gap and the account for the consultation will be processed straight through Medicare. They will be charged $20.00 for the vaccine where appropriate – see 1C.

(b) Private Patients will incur a consultation fee of $30.00, and will receive $16.95 back from Medicare and will be charged $20.00 for the vaccine.

(c) All children aged 6 months to less than 5 years, people aged 5 years and over who have certain chronic conditions, all pregnant women any time during pregnancy and all adults aged 65 years and older are eligible for a FREE Flu vaccine. You may be charged a fee for the consultation depending on your status as stated in 1A.

(2) If you see your Doctor regularly or are due for a review appointment, your Doctor can give you an Influenza Vaccination at your regular appointment.
You will be charged a normal consultation fee and maybe charged $20.00 for the vaccine depending on your status as 1C.

(3) If the Flu clinic times are not convenient please book an appointment with out Practice Nurse Peta or Laura, both qualified nurse immunisers.
You will be charged a fee of $20.00 for the consultation with the nurse and $20.00 for the vaccine depending on your status as 1C.