2016 Influenza | Flu Vaccine now available

2016 Government Funded Influenza Vaccines for eligible patients 65 years or older or those with eligible chronic health conditions are available from the 27.4.2016. Bulk billed Influenza Vaccination Clinics are available – please call reception on 07 3267 5088 to  make your appointment for our Flu Clinic. 

2016 Influenza and Flu Vaccine – With winter just around the corner, it is time to consider taking steps to protect you and your family from ‘the flu’. Influenza, or ‘the flu’ is a viral infection of the airways and the lungs. In most cases, it causes an illness associated with fevers, muscles aches, tiredness, with coughing, runny noses and sore throats. Most people will recover after one week. However, severe complications such as pneumonia may occur, especially for young children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

You can help reduce the spread of the illness by taking some simple hygiene precautions. Washing your hands regular, staying at home when you are unwell, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing will all help reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting the illness.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu.

The vaccine is now available at Banyo Clinic. (A fee for the vaccine may apply, though it is available free through the government funded program for people older than 65 years of age, and those with eligible chronic health conditions. You can find out from your doctor whether you might be eligible for a free influenza vaccine.)

Bookings for our Flu Clinic can be made by phoning reception on 07 3267 5088.

Measles Outbreak Alert

Following an imported case of measles notified in a tourist at Airlie Beach in mid-March, several further cases have been identified in north Queensland and interstate. There have been extensive movements by the cases at Airlie Beach and Cairns, particularly around backpacker hostels, Proserpine Hospital, Cairns Hospital, hotels, cinemas and supermarkets. A case has also travelled in and around Townsville. The Health Department is warning people who have been in these areas at any time from mid-March to be alert for the symptoms of measles infection.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, causing fevers, runny nose, cough, red and watery eyes initially, followed by a rash that may spread across the whole body. Measles may cause significant complications such as pneumonia, blindness and encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling) in some people.

Vaccination is the only way to prevent measles. Anyone who has not had two measles containing vaccine, or anyone who is not sure, is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.Anyone born from or after 1966 will receive the vaccine free as supplied by Queensland Health. People born before 1966 are likely to be already immune from previous measles infections in childhood.

Should you suspect you or a member of your family is experiencing symptoms of measles please phone our clinic for further advice BEFORE presenting to the clinic.

If you wish to be vaccinated, or have concerns that you may have contracted measles – please ring the clinic on 07 32675088 to advise us and get further information.