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COVID vaccinations

AstraZeneca – Fountain Street General Practice is currently administering AstraZeneca vaccines to our current patients aged 60 years and over, and also to those aged 18-39 who are not yet eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Please phone our practice to book your appointment on 02 8303 2900. If you are under the age of 60, you will need to have a dedicated consultation (bulk billed) with your doctor in order to make an informed decision before receiving the vaccination. During the current outbreak, following the advice of NSW Health, the 2nd dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can be administered at an interval of at 4-6 weeks following the first dose.

Pfizer – Fountain Street General Practice is currently administering Pfizer vaccines to our current patients that are in the 40-59 year age category or 16-39 year-olds in the 1a and 1b eligibility groups.

Please note our practice is not taking new patients. If you are eligible for the above, please phone our practice to book your appointment on 02 8303 2900.

Telehealth consultations

Due to the worsening COVID situation, we will only be undertaking telehealth consultations, unless your doctor deems it absolutely necessary for you to visit the practice – for example, immunisations, antenatal care, wound care.

If you do have a face-to-face appointment, do NOT enter the practice if you have respiratory symptoms without a current NEGATIVE COVID test (within 3 days) or have been to any exposure locations.  You must WEAR A MASK and stay OUTSIDE of the building & PHONE RECEPTION once you have arrived for your appointment. Your doctor or nurse will call you when they are ready to see you. You must check in via QR code & wash your hands upon entry.

Pneumococcal (pneumonia) Vaccine for Adults Over 65 Years Reminder

Fountain Street General Practice would like to remind patients that adults over 65 years of age are eligible for a free pneumococcal vaccine if they have not had the vaccine previously.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be a mild illness to life threatening, especially in babies, young children and the elderly. The most common signs and symptoms include:

  • cough
  • fevers, sweating and shivering
  • difficulty breathing
  • feeling generally tired and unwell
  • loss of appetite

Pneumonia also commonly presents when a person is recovering from a cold or flu and suddenly experiences a deterioration of their condition. Being vaccinated can help protect patients from developing the illness.

The pneumococcal vaccine can be administered by the practice nurse, please contact reception on 8303 2900 to book an appointment.

Influenza Vaccine 2021 Update

Doses of the private seasonal influenza vaccine have arrived at Fountain Street General Practice and are now available for our existing patients.

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing and close contact. It led to the death of more than 1100 Australians in the 2017 flu season, more than 90% of those deaths were people aged over 65 years of age.

Vaccination remains the best defence against seasonal influenza.

In the wake of such a high number of deaths in last year’s flu season, the Australian Government is taking extra precaution this year and making the government funded vaccine accessible to more people deemed to be of higher risk of developing influenza related complications. These include:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged 6 months to less than 5 years or 15 years and older
  • All children aged 6 months to under 5 years
  • All adults aged 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • All persons aged 6 months and older who have medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications

Medical conditions associated with an increased risk of influenza disease complications and for which individuals are eligible for a government funded vaccine include:

  • Cardiac disease; coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, cyanotic congenital heart disease
  • Chronic respiratory conditions; asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, etc.
  • Chronic neurological conditions; hereditary and degenerative CNS diseases, seizure disorders, neuromuscular disorders, etc.
  • Immunocompromising conditions
  • Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
  • Renal disease
  • Haematological disorders
  • Children on aspirin therapy

Government funded doses are expected to arrive by the middle of April. For those wanting to receive a private vaccination, patients can book in with the practice nurse and will be charged a $20 fee.

Please phone reception on 8303 2900 and advise that you would like to book for a flu vaccine. You may also book your flu shot online with one of the practice nurses.

Vaccinating Babies & Children

Children aged 6 months to under 9 years being vaccinated for influenza for the first time require a 2nd dose one month after the initial dose. Parents can consult with their doctor as to whether the influenza vaccine is suitable for them or if there are any queries or concerns.

Please note that babies under 6 months old cannot receive a flu injection.

Pregnant women (and women planning pregnancy) are recommended to be immunised against influenza as they are at increased risk of developing complications from influenza. The vaccine also protects infants against influenza for their first 6 months of life, when they are most vulnerable, yet still too young to be vaccinated themselves.

New ‘enhanced’ flu vaccines for over 65s

The Australian Government has announced that it will be providing two new ground-breaking flu vaccines to all Australians aged 65 years and over from April 2018.

These new vaccines – Fluad® and Fluzone High Dose® – are designed to provide increased protection for people aged 65 years and older by generating a strong immune response and are more effective for this age group in protecting against influenza. These vaccines have been specifically made for the elderly, as their immune system respond less effectively to vaccines.

More information can be found at the goverment’s Department of Health website.