2020 has been an unprecedented year for flu vaccines. As a result of this, the supply of vaccines for the 4-65 years age group is now exhausted. Deliveries of further vaccines are not expected until June/July. We have a waiting list for our patients that would like to be informed when we receive our stock. Please ring The Lighthouse Surgery to be added to this list.
In the interest of our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lighthouse Surgery requests that patients only contact the surgery by phone on 4476 2999 for appointments. This applies to all attendances, including the emergency clinic. Please do not attend the surgery without phoning beforehand
If you believe that you may have COVID-19, have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or you are having respiratory symptoms please contact the surgery by phone for advice. Information on self-isolation and other community precautions can be found at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au
After hours health advice is available from HealthDirect on 1800 022 222
The National Coronavirus Health Information Line is 1800 020 080
For credible updates and information we recommend http://www.health.nsw.gov.au
From the 1st of July 2018, The National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule have implemented changes to the Childhood Immunisation Schedule to improve protection against meningococcal, pneumococcal and haemophilus influenzae type B diseases. The changes include:
- At 12 months of age, children will receive a meningococcal ACWY vaccine (replacing meningococcal C vaccination);
- At 18 months of age, children will receive the booster Hib vaccine dose, protecting against haemophilus influenzae type B (previously given as a combined vaccine with meningococcal C at 12 months)
- At 2,4 and 12 months of age, children will receive a pneumococcal vaccine (instead of at 2, 4 and 6 months)
In addition, maternal pertussis (dTpa) vaccination for pregnant women has been listed on the NIP to guarantee its ongoing access and availability.
For further information and resources
The resources are available for download or order online though the Department of Health website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/default.aspx
Australian Technical Advisory Group Information for Immunisation Providers: https://beta.health.gov.au/resources?f%5B0%5D=field%20audience%3A446
NSW Health Immunisation Schedule Changes FAQ’s: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/schedule-changes.aspx
Or ring the Lighthouse Surgery on 02 44762999 and talk to one of our nurses!