Vaccinations protect you and your family against serious illnesses

NHC members can access a range of vaccinations at each of our clinics. Whether it’s a flu shot, protection for your young family or a booster for adults, our doctors and nursing team are here to help you get the protection you need.

To book a vaccination, please call us on (02) 6178 0400.

Flu Shots

Whilst COVID-19 has stolen the headlines in recent times, influenza remains a constant threat to the community.  The flu vaccine significantly reduces the risks and should be updated every 12 months for everyone aged 6 months and above.

We offer flu shots for $15 to members, with free vaccines available to those who satisfy the criteria laid out in the National Immunisation Program.

Heading into flu season we offer expanded services to cover as much of the community as possible.  More information will be available early in 2021 for the upcoming winter.

Which vaccinations are essential for children?

The Federal Government’s National Immunisation Program ensures that children have access to all available vaccinations to prevent the risk of serious diseases.  This Program Schedule provides a great overview of all the key milestones for your kids, and your doctor will work with you to make sure each is ticked off as they grow up.

We provide all the vaccinations for children on the schedule, including;

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, polio, Hib
  • Rotavirus
  • Pneumococcal
  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chicken pox
  • HPV

We know that getting a vaccination can be stressful for the little ones – and for yourself as a result!  Fear not, our team offer emotional support to go with their medical expertise and keep your family safe.

Vaccinations for Adults

Does the National Immunisation Program cover adults as well?

Whilst Children are often the focus when we talk about vaccines, keeping up to date into adulthood is just as important.

The National Immunisation Program’s Catch Up service allows you to get the following vaccinations if they weren’t covered when you were a child.

  • Polio
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) is also covered for pregnant women.

Please discuss with your doctor whether catch up vaccines are  relevant in your circumstance.

Travel Vaccinations

When do I need to get travel vaccinations?

 

Vaccination is also important to consider if you’re planning to travel.  Depending on your age, medical history and destination you may need to get immunised before your trip.

At the NHC we provide key travel vaccinations, including;

  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Rabies
  • Cholera
  • Meningococcal
  • Japanese encephalitis

Check in with your doctor well before you plan to leave and they’ll advise you what’s required. All of the appointments are bulk billed, though for some vaccinations the doctor will write a prescription and you will be required to purchase the vaccine from the chemist.

Vaccinations for Seniors

There are a couple of important vaccines that you should consider if you’re aged 70 or above.

Pneumococcal disease is commonly associated with children but requires a further vaccination to ensure protection for those over 70.

If you had chickenpox when you were younger, this virus can return later in life as Shingles.  The good news is that this also has a vaccination, which is recommended if you’re aged over 60 and Government-funded for those aged 70 to 79.  If you’re over 50 years of age and live with someone who has a weakened immune system, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor about the Shingles vaccine as this places you at a higher risk.

Both of these immunisations are available to members at all NHC locations and can be booked online.

Vaccinations for First Nations Peoples

We’re dedicated to improving the health outcomes of the First Nations peoples in our community and immunisation is a vital part of achieving this.  Additional vaccinations are available for Indigenous patients, read more on our Indigenous Services page.

Bulk Billing healthcare in the ACT and Yass

We provide bulk billed GP services to members at our 9 clinics across the ACT and Yass. This covers standard GP appointments, health checks and many vaccinations, with just a few detailed procedures incurring an out of pocket cost. Non-members can access standard GP appointments for $70.

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