While generally, flu season hits us between July and August, now is the ideal time to turn your attention to getting vaccinated in order to give your immune system the best advantage for the cooler months ahead.
The flu is a viral infection caused by one of the strains of the influenza virus, of which there are many constantly-changing and mutating strains.
Flu symptoms are similar to those of the common cold, which is why people will often misdiagnose themselves as having 'the flu' rather than a cold. Flu symptoms are generally more severe.
Brook Medical Centre is now taking bookings for annual flu vaccinations, which are bulk billed consultations.
The practice says it is pleased to be able to immunise with more effective vaccines in 2019.
The vaccine is free of charge for children from 6 months of age to 4 years of age.
This vaccine will cost $20 if you are not eligible under the National Influenza Vaccination program.
This can be paid upon arrival for your appointment, as this and almost all travel vaccines are always in stock at Brook Medical Centre.
Free influenza vaccine
Under the National Influenza Vaccination Program, free seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine is available for the following people:
- All people aged 65 years and over
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to 4 years
- All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
- Pregnant women
- Children aged between 6 months and four years old.
- People aged 5 years and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza,(and you may wish to discuss with your regular GP if your medical condition is covered)
Situated in the heart of the beautiful Upper Hunter Valley region, surrounded by vineyards and thoroughbred horse studs,Brook Medical Centre has been running for over 50 years.
The centre is currently staffed by eleven full time and six part time doctors, with five female doctors available.
Brook Medical Centre prides its practice on having the highest level of accreditation and is committed to being a quality training facility for doctors and students.
It was awarded "Practice of the Year" for NSW by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Surgery hours are between 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, by appointment and Saturdays 9.00am to 11.30am, with no appointment necessary.
Contact 02 6543 1222 to schedule your appointment for the flu vaccine.