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Lord Mayor encourages vaccination as winter approaches

03 March, 2015

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging residents to take advantage of Council’s free vaccination services and will today reaffirm Council’s long-standing commitment to providing free immunisations.

Brisbane City Council is offering 300 immunisation sessions at 14 convenient locations this year until June 2015, providing residents with a range of free vaccinations.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council had been running its immunisation program for more than 80 years, since 1931.

“Our immunisation clinics are designed to protect our most vulnerable citizens, whether they are seniors or children, and it is about providing the choice to be immunised.

“As both Lord Mayor and a parent I strongly believe in the benefits of vaccinations for a healthy child and community, however it’s ultimately a parent’s choice to immunise their child,” he said.

“This free program is about ensuring every parent has that choice as part of my plan to build a more accessible and inclusive Brisbane.”

AMA Queensland Chair of the Council of General Practice, Dr Richard Kidd said immunisation rates in the state need to be improved and more programs like the Brisbane City Council’s are needed and better utilisation of your family doctor.

“We should be increasing immunisation programs in Queensland,” Dr Kidd said.

“Vaccination is one of the great success stories of modern medicine and public health and risks associated with immunisation are far less than the infectious diseases they prevent.

“There are virtually no cases of mumps or diphtheria in children anymore. Chicken pox, haemophylis influenza B and meningococcal meningitis are rarely seen.”

“But we can’t be complacent because as immunisation rates drop, the incidence of previously rare diseases such as congenital rubella and tetanus are starting to climb.

“At present approximately 90 per cent of Queensland children are immunised, if we can increase that to 95 per cent it will mean those children who can’t be immunised and are still susceptible to certain diseases are less likely to come into contact with someone who is carrying the infectious agent.”

Dr Kidd also encouraged patients to speak to their family doctor about immunisation.

“Vaccination at your general practice is part of the holistic care that can be offered from your family doctor throughout your life. Your GP’s office is a natural place for patients to be vaccinated as we maintain ongoing records and can ensure strong continuity of care.”
Cr Quirk said that the influenza vaccine ahead of the winter would be available free of charge to seniors, those with heart disease or respiratory disease and immuno-compromised conditions.

“All adults who are 65 years and over, including international and interstate visitors, can use Council's free immunisation service to be vaccinated against Pneumococcal and Influenza diseases.

“Council’s infant immunisation program vaccinates children aged between six weeks and eight years against potentially life-threatening diseases such as measles, whooping cough, polio and tetanus for free.

“Council also provides disease specific immunisation programs at secondary schools in conjunction with the State and Federal governments, as well as free vaccinations against influenza to eligible seniors and those medically at risk.

“Infants, children, parents of newborns and seniors can drop in to one of the centres and be immunised against diseases that are defined as life threatening by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

“We are committed to protecting and enhancing the health and safety of Brisbane, and this service contributes by helping to reduce residents’ exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Council immunisation clinics are available at the following locations:
Carina
Location: Church of Nazarene, 68 Meadowlands Road, Carina
Times: Tuesdays, 9am - 11am

Chermside
Location: Chermside Library Meeting Room, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside
Times: Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm

Corinda
Location: Corinda Bowls Club,Hall Avenue, Corinda
Times: Thursdays, 1.30pm - 3pm

Forest Lake
Location: Forest Lake Community House, Corner Forest Lake Boulevard and Alpine Place, Forest Lake
Times: Mondays (fortnightly), 9am - 10.30am

Indooroopilly
Location: Holy Family Church Hall (lower level), Ward Street, Indooroopilly
Times: Wednesdays, 9am - 11am

Keperra
Location: North West Community Health Centre, 49 Corrigan Street, Keperra
Times: Mondays (fortnightly), 9am - 11am

Mitchelton
Location: Mitchelton Library, Meeting Room, 37 Heliopolis Place, Mitchelton, QLD 4053
Times: Thursdays, 9-11am

New Farm
Location: New Farm Library (demountable beside library), 135 Sydney Street, New Farm
Times: Mondays (fortnightly), 1pm - 3pm

Nundah
Location: Nundah Community Health Centre, 10 Nellie Street, Nundah
Times: Mondays (fortnightly), 1pm - 3pm

Paddington
Location: Paddington Hall, 10 Moreton Street, Paddington
Times: Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm

Sandgate
Location: Sandgate Town Hall, Cnr Cliff & Seymour Sts, Sandgate QLD 4017
Times: Wednesdays, 9am - 10.45am

Sunnybank Hills
Location: Sunnybank Hills Library Meeting Room, Sunnybank Hills Shopping Centre, corner Compton and Calam Roads, Sunnybank Hills
Times: Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm

Upper Mount Gravatt
Location: Garden City Library Meeting Room, Garden City Shopping Centre, Corner Logan and Kessels Roads, Upper Mount Gravatt
Times: Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm

Wynnum
Location: Wynnum Hall (upper level, side entrance via ramp), Corner Bay Terrace and Cedar Street, Wynnum
Times: Thursdays, 9am - 10.45am

For more details about immunisation programs and Council’s clinics, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or by calling Council on ph: 3403 8888.

[Ends] MARCH 3, 2015



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