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Dear Patient / Carer

This year we will be running our annual Flu Vaccination Clinics slightly different as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. We will be taking extra precautionary measures to ensure we maintain a safe environment for our patients and staff. The flu clinics will be run from our specialist building, which is conveniently located next door to our GP clinic.

Please note: All Flu clinics are strictly by appointment only.

GOVERNMENT FUNDED VACCINES – OVER 65s

The flu clinic for patients 65 years or older will commence on 8 APRIL 2020. Please do NOT to ring the Practice. We will be ringing eligible patients directly to make an appointment. WHY? This is to help the practice cope with the high volume of calls from patients with concerns about COVID-19 or requesting a telehealth appointment with their doctor.

GOVERNMENT FUNDED VACCINES: CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN & CHRONIC HEALTH

Children 6 months to less than 5 years, primary school-aged children (born after 30 June and >5 years), pregnant women, Aboriginal people 6 months and older and patients with a chronic health condition will be available in April (date to be advised as we await release of vaccines)

PRIVATE VACCINES

Private vaccines are available for anyone born after 30/6/2007 up to the age of 65 years of age (excludes patient who have a chronic health condition). Private flu vaccinations are by appointment only. Please contact reception to book a private vaccine only.

Below is a summary of patients eligible to receive government funded flu vaccines.

Eligibility for government funded influenza vaccines in WA in 2020 has expanded to include WA primary school-aged children. This new state-funded vaccine includes all children born after 30 June 2007 and > 5 years.

The following individuals in WA are eligible to receive government funded vaccine:

  • persons 65 years or older
  • children 6 months to less than 5 years
  • primary school-aged children (born after 30 June 2007 and > 5 years)
  • pregnant women (any trimester)
  • Aboriginal people 6 months and older
  • individuals 6 months and older with medical conditions that place them at risk for complications of influenza, including: cardiac disease, chronic respiratory condition, chronic neurological conditions, impaired immunity, diabetes and other metabolic disorders, renal disease, haematological disorders, children aged 6 months to 10 years receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

(Source: Government of Australia, Department of Health 2020)

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