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COVID-19 Vaccination & Flu Shots

These are now available!
  • Northbridge Medical Centre is an approved centre for providing a COVID-19 vaccine
  • 2021 flu shots are also now available
  • Call the medical centre to enquire about vaccines availability and eligibility

COVID-19 Vaccination

Northbridge Medical Centre is an approved centre for providing the COVID-19 vaccination.  The Australian COVID-19 Vaccine rollout is underway. The vaccine is free  for everyone in Australia. COVID-19 vaccination is also voluntary. The vaccines will be distributed to medical centre in phases.

Due to the limited number of vaccines allocated by the Government, at Northbridge Medical Centre, we are vaccinating patients over 70 years old and patients at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions. We will continue to update our patients regarding the vaccine stock situation.

COVID-19 Vaccination availability and criteria

COVID-19 Vaccines are being distributed to medical practices in phases and therefore we are only able to book limited number of patients each week.

Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when you can receive the vaccination. Then call Northbridge Medical Centre to book for an appointment if you are eligible, or register your interest.

If you wish to find out the latest news and information about COVID-19 Vaccines in Australia, please refer to WA Department of Health  COVID-19 vaccine website.

Alternatively, you can call the National Coronavirus hotline on 1800 020 080, or email to the WA Department of Health coronavirus vaccine enquiries.

Influenza and the Flu Vaccines

What is the Flu?

Influenza (flu) is a common viral infections of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. The flu is very contagious and if affects people of all ages. Despite being mild in most cases, it can cause serious illnesses even in healthy person.

 

What is the flu vaccine?

Flu vaccination is an inactive vaccine that triggers the body's natural immune response to defend against the flu infection. Each year new strains of the influenza virus is added into the yearly vaccine. Annual flu shots is the best way to build up the body's resistance to infections.

 

When should you get the flu shots?

Annual flu shots is recommended. Protections from the flu vaccines normally occurs about 3 weeks after the vaccination. The immunity from the vaccination is also the strongest about 3 months after the injection. The best time to have the vaccination is in autumn. However, it is never too late to be vaccinated.

 

Can I have the flu shots on the same day as the COVID-19 vaccine?

It is currently not recommended to have the flu injection on the same day as the COVID-19 vaccination. An interval of at least 14 days is advised between the two vaccinations.

 

 

Who should get the flu shots?

The Australian Governments recommends everyone aged 6months and over to have a yearly flu vaccination.  The following group of patients are strongly recommended to have the flu vaccination and are eligible for FREE annual influenza vaccination under the National immunisation program:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • Children aged 6 months to under 5 years
  • People aged 6 months or over who have medical conditions that are at a higher risk of flu related complications
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • People aged 65 years and over

The following medical conditions are associated with an increased risk of influenza related complications:

  • Immunocompromising medical conditions
  • All cardiac and heart related diseases
  • All chronic respiratory and lung diseases
  • Various metabolic disorder including Diabetes
  • Chronic neurological and brain disorder
  • Chronic renal and kidney disease

Please refer to Australian Immunisation Handbook for more information.

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