Southern Forests Medical Centre is a strong supporter of the childhood immunisation programmes. In recent times, there has been a resurgence of Pertussis (Whooping cough), Rubella (German Measles) and occasional cases of Measles. These diseases can have devastating effects for at risk members of the community. Many – such as young babies and pregnant women – may not have had an opportunity to be effectively immunised. The Health Department produced immunisation program is carefully designed based on extensive research including careful analysis of the safety of the vaccines. Any risk of an immunisation is significantly lower than the risk of an unimmunised person contracting a serious infectious disease with potentially severe complications. SFMC encourages all patients and parents of childhood to get be fully immunised, this includes flu vaccination for at risk population.
Those at high risk for flu and who are eligible for free vaccine include:
Any patient aged 65 and over
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged between 6months and under 5 years.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 15 years and over
All pregnant women (after the first trimester)
All patients with pre-existing chronic medical conditions (check with your doctor for eligibility)
If you do not fall into any of these categories you are still able to be vaccinated. Present to our practice nurse who will arrange a private influenza vaccination for $22.50 (incl of GST). Corporate rates are available.
Please do not ignore this important health initiative. It affects all family units. These important infective diseases are not as common today due to vaccination programs but they still remain in our community. Influenza can be a life threatening illness for at risk members of the community. Please contact our practice nurse team or your doctor for more information about immunisations. We are happy to provide vaccinations at any time during business hours. We believe in the program and are willing to be flexible to ensure our patients can participate with minimal disruption or inconvenience.