9 April 2013
New flu vaccine
The new flu vaccine is now available free for all people over the age of 65 at City of Gold Coast's public immunisation clinics.
HPV vaccination available for boys
Gold Coast boys are being offered the free Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for the first time.
In 2013, the current School Based Vaccination Program (SBVP), providing free Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for Year 8 female students, has been expanded to include Year 8 male students.
Almost 30,000 female Gold Coast students have so far been vaccinated against HPV.
The program now offers Year 8 male students vaccination to protect against hepatitis B, chickenpox and HPV, with a two-year HPV catch-up program also being offered to Year 10 males.
The HPV vaccination program involves a series of three vaccinations, delivered over a six month period by a team of specially trained registered nurses. The vaccine is most effective when all three doses are received.
Consent forms for each vaccine have been sent home from the schools. Parents and guardians are reminded to check if their Year 8 or Year 10 children have received the consent form. Only students with a signed consent form will be vaccinated.
Access to the whooping cough (dTpa) vaccine
There is currently an outbreak of whooping cough in many parts of Australia, including Queensland. It is highly contagious and can be fatal, especially for babies less than six months of age. Vaccination and booster doses provide the best possible protection.
City of Gold Coast provides access to the whooping cough vaccine at a cost of $30 per dose. You can either pre-pay at a City customer service office and bring your receipt with you to a clinic or you can pay by EFTPOS at the immunisation clinic.
Do you have questions about the service City of Gold Coast provides? Please contact:
City of Gold Coast Immunisation Services
Phone: (07) 5581 6709
Fax: (07) 5581 6090