“Vaccines are the Tugboats of Preventive Health.”
— William Foege
How We Can Help
Get Your Flu Shot – Not the Flu
Private Flu Vaccines Available at Majellan Medical Centre from 20 March 2017.
Government Funded Flu Clinics for eligible patients to commence mid April 2017.
Influenza, “The Flu”, is a highly contagious acute respiratory illness. The flu is much more serious infection than the common cold.
An annual flu vaccination is recommend for all persons from 6 months of age who would like to reduce the risk of becoming ill with the flu. The flu can be a serious and potentially fatal illness for patients in high-risk categories such as:
- Heart Conditions
- Severe Asthma
- Lung Conditions
- Kidney Problems
- Weakened Immune System
- Malignant Cancer
- Chronic Neurological Disorders
The spread of the influenza virus within the community can be controlled by annual flu vaccination, good personal hygiene especially hand washing, wiping of surfaces with detergent and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Influenza is estimated to cause 1,400 deaths, 18,000 hospitalisations and over 300,000 GP consultations in Australia each year. In 2016 there were over 86,000 confirmed cases of influenza in Australia.
As with any medication there are risks of side effects. Most side effects are minor and only last a short time. Very rarely a severe allergic reaction may occur – usually with 15 minutes of receiving the vaccination. It is important that you wait at the centre for the full 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination. Ideally all vaccines should be administered at a medical centre given the risk of side effects.
Vaccination & Immunisation (Children)
We strongly recommend parents ensure that all children receive the recommended immunisations. These are available at the surgery and are provided by the Government free of charge. Parents with queries or concerns surrounding immunisation should discuss these with a Doctor.
Vaccination & Immunisation (Adults)
We also recommend immunisation for all adults for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio.
HEPATITIS B For both children and adults who are, or may be at some time, involved in contact sports.
Flu and travel vaccines can be provided, fees generally apply and an appointment is required. Please advise of vaccines required when arranging the appointment.
Females contemplating pregnancy are advised to contact their doctor to discuss vaccinations against german measles, whooping cough, chicken pox and the flu.
Majellan Medical Centre is an accredited Q-Fever and Yellow Fever vaccine provider.
Influenza Vaccination (flu shot) for Healthy Adults
Seasonal influenza (flu) is a vaccine preventable disease that affects one in five Australians each year. In healthy adults it is usually a brief disease, often resulting in a short amount of time off work. The disease presents with fever, cough and fatigue. It is quite variable including asymptomatic (but contagious) infection, short-lived upper respiratory tract symptoms including coughing and sneezing, debilitating systemic effects such as fever, fatigue, generalised aches and pains that may last up to two weeks, through to primary viral pneumonia and secondary infections. Life-threatening complications are more common in people with chronic illness, the elderly and young children.
Influenza vaccination for healthy adults is recommended by the National Health and medical Research Council, but is not universally funded through the National Immunisation Program (some people have to pay for the vaccine themselves).
The Australian Immunisation Handbook contains a general recommendation for annual vaccination against influenza for ‘any person who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza’, using the vaccine composition recommended by the World Health Organization for the current southern hemisphere winter.
The handbook goes on to make specific recommendations for vaccination of the following groups: everyone 65 years and older; people with chronic illness (like bronchial asthma, diabetes mellitus, renal failure, et cetera); residents of long-term care facilities; contacts of people who have a high risk of developing complications from influenza, including household members, healthcare providers and staff of long-term care facilities. Influenza vaccination usually is well tolerated, but it could cause local pain and swelling at the injection site, and even a mild influenza-like illness including fever and myalgia commencing a few hours after vaccination and lasting 1-2 days. Treatment with paracetamol (Panadol) is effective. At the moment four pharmaceutical companies supply the vaccine in Australia.
The vaccine is free for people 65 years of age and over, as well as people with severe chronic medical conditions.
We also run a Travel Clinic.
Q fever Vaccination
Q fever is a flu-like disease, causing illness that can range from mild to very severe. It can sometimes last for years.
- People usually get Q fever from animals such as goats, cattle and sheep.
- People who work with or near animals are most at risk of getting Q fever.
- Everyone at risk should have a test to see if they are protected from the disease
A skin test and blood test is required to be performed prior to vaccination which can be given seven days after the skin test has been done. Therefore two appointments are required. Fees are associated with the consultations, blood test, skin test and vaccine. Only Q fever registered Doctors can administer the vaccine.
Appointments are essential. Usually 15-minute appointments are allocated. If you require a longer appointment, please inform the receptionist when making your booking. In the exception of an emergency, if we are not informed that you require a longer appointment it may be necessary to make another appointment to deal with all your problems.
We try to run on time but this is not always possible and we apologise for any delay. We also encourage patients to ring ahead of their appointment to check the doctor’s progress, we understand your time is important. We do keep a few appointments available for urgent problems each morning and afternoon.
Please advise the receptionist if more than one person in your family needs to be seen, as more than one appointment time is usually required.
Complete medical checkups, insurance, aviation medicals, driving, pre- employment medicals and surgical procedures will always require a longer appointment. Please advise what type of medical you need performed when booking.
Dr. Paul Angel
Dr. Paul Angel
Dr Paul Angel specialised in Ukraine in Cardiology (1986), Rheumatology and Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty Member of the National Medical University of Ukraine from 1986 to 1992.
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