flu vaccinations now available at cohealth

Posted on 5th May 2020

With the outbreak of coronavirus, it is more important than ever to get vaccinated against influenza. Getting your flu shot as soon as possible will help ensure you protect yourself against the flu and stay healthy.

Am I eligible?

Flu vaccinations are available to everyone. Priority will be given to those at higher risk, including:

• People who are over 65
• Children who are over 6 months and under 5 years
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are over 6 months
• Pregnant women
• Anyone who is immunocompromised or living with a chronic disease
• Staff and volunteers working in health care, aged care, or working with children
• Carers of elderly, young children or immunocompromised people

What does it cost?

You are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine if you are:

• aged 65 years and older
• a child aged between six months and five years
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and older
• pregnant (at any stage of pregnancy)

You will also be eligible for a free flu vaccine if you have a medical condition which increases your risk of getting severe influenza symptoms or complications. This includes:

• cardiac disease
• chronic respiratory conditions
• chronic neurological conditions
• immunocompromising conditions
• diabetes and other metabolic disorders
• renal disease
• haematological disorders
• children aged six months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.

If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccine, it will cost $15. You may need a GP to provide a prescription. Call your nearest cohealth centre from the list of locations below and one of our friendly client services officers can help you.

What do I need to do?

Call your nearest cohealth centre to book an appointment.

cohealth centre Collingwood

365 Hoddle St, Collingwood
9448 5528

cohealth centre Kensington

12 Gower St, Kensington
9448 5537

cohealth centre Footscray

78 Paisley Street, Footscray
9448 5502

cohealth centre Laverton

95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton
9448 5534

cohealth centre Braybrook

107-139 Churchill Avenue, Braybrook
9448 5507

Is it safe to go to the health centre during the coronavirus outbreak?

 Your health and safety is our top priority. We screen all visitors before they enter our health centres. We are taking extra precautions to keep you safe, including:

• Checking temperature of all visitors before they enter the centre
• Social distancing in waiting rooms at all times
• Staff wearing protective gear such as masks and gloves
• Disinfecting the vaccination area between each patient
• Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the health centre on a daily basis

If anyone comes to the centre with cold or flu like symptoms, they are not permitted to enter the health centre. Following government advice, we refer them to get a coronavirus test and come back for a flu vaccination when they are well.

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