The 2017 Flu Vaccine is now available at Birkenhead Medical Centre for $25.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone from six months of age, but is free for people who face a high risk from influenza and its complications. These are:
- People aged 65 years and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait people aged six months to less than five years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 15 years and over
- Pregnant women
- People aged six months and over with medical conditions such as severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes that can lead to complications from influenza.
Please make an appointment with a doctor and nurse, either over the phone or on the Appointuit app.
Flu vaccines can be administered Monday-Friday when our dedicated nurses are on:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm
For more information please see Immunise Influenza.
Birkenhead Medical Centre has begun to assist patients signing up for My Health Record, a NSW Government initiative.
My Health Record in a national digital health record system. This means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test or scan reports can be digitally available in one place.
Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff may be able to see it online from anywhere, at any time, allowing you to get the best possible treatments in times of need, like an accident or emergency.
If you are interested in signing up, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to the reception staff, nurse or doctors at Birkenhead Medical Centre!
Starting November 2016, the Shingles vaccination will be free for all adults from 70 – 79 years of age.
What is Shingles? It’s a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. The shingles rash occurs when the dormant chickenpox virus is reactivated in the nerve tissue, causing inflammation of the nerves. Sometimes pain in the affected region can be severe and prolonged. When it lasts more than 3 months it is called post herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Other less common complications may include scarring, skin infections, loss of vision or hearing, pneumonia, or neurological complications. It is a vaccine preventable disease through a single dose of the Zostavax®. This can be given to adults 50 years of over.
Please walk-in or make an appointment for the Shingles vaccination.
Birkenhead Medical Centre is proud to announce we have raised over $1,000 from charity water profits to The Australian Vietnamese Aged Care Services (AVACS).
The Australian Vietnamese Aged Care Services (AVACS) is a non-profit, charitable and public benevolent association. It cares for the financially disadvantaged, frail and lonely elderly people in the community, especially the people from non- English speaking (culturally and linguistically diverse) backgrounds.
The Vietnamese community has the second highest proportion of people over the age of 70. There is a high demand and need for having specific aged care facility for Vietnamese older people.
Services that are specific to Vietnamese older people are important because it will not only provide families with peace of mind, but will also ensure that the elderly have access to a facility that is culturally, linguistically and religiously sensitive to the needs of elderly Vietnamese Australians.