Vaccination Updates

FLU Vaccination

The Australian Government recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months has a flu vaccination every year.

The Flu vaccine is provided for ‘’free’’ by NSW Health for people at higher risk of severe illness from the flu.

This includes:

  • children aged from 6 months to under 5 years of age
  • people with serious health conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease
  • all pregnant women (any stage of pregnancy)
  • all First Nations people aged 6 months and older
  • all adults aged 65 years and older

(Please note there is still a consultation fee associated with administering the vaccine)

Pneumococcal Vaccination for Adults

The Pneumococcal vaccine has changed in recent years. The new recommended vaccine is Prevenar 13 and is for people aged 70 years and over. It is given once only.

First Nations people may receive the vaccine at age 50 years and over. It is funded by the National Immunisation Programme and is therefore provided “free” (except for the associated consultation).

Shingles Vaccination

Shingles Vaccination (Shingrix) is now available for all adults aged 65 years and over.

It is available for First Nations people aged 50years and over.

If you have previously had the old shingles vaccination (Zostavax) it is recommended you wait 5 years before having the new Shingrix Vaccine.

Currently there is a shortage of the Shingrix Vaccine. We ask that you inform our receptionists of your intention to receive one and you will be put on a waiting list and contacted when the vaccine becomes available.

Meningococcal B Vaccination

Meningococcal B Vaccine is recommended for all infants and young children – particularly those under 2 years.

Parents should particularly consider vaccination in the first year of life if the child is going to be in a day-care environment.

Otherwise we recommend vaccinating after the age of 12 months to reduce the total number of needles given (If started <12 months of age – a total of 3 injections is needed. If after the age of 12 months only 2 injections 2 months apart are required).

Unfortunately, Meningococcal B vaccination is not funded by the National Immunisation Programme (N.I.P.) and requires a private script.

Please speak to your doctor if you would like to organise Meningococcal B Vaccination for your child.

Please note that the NIP does fund the Meningococcal vaccine for ACWY and this is given as part of the routine 12 month vaccinations.

Please refer to the NSW Immunisation Schedule which follows for the complete list of vaccinations
that are recommended for all age groups.
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