Child Care Vaccination Clinics

 

Child Care Vaccination Clinics

 

Wellness Here for Life has pioneered flu vaccinations in childcare

We recognise the importance of vaccinating our youngest members of the community and the need to make vaccinations accessible. Children younger than five, and especially those under three years of age, are more likely to get severe flu infections. They are also more likely to spread the infection. By protecting our children we can also help protect other more vulnerable people in the community including the very young and the elderly.

With over 10 years’ experience in delivering health and wellness clinics, Wellness Here for Life knows the importance of accessible healthcare for better community wellbeing. With the aim of increasing influenza vaccination uptake, we have partnered with child care centres nationally to offer flu vaccination services.

We have a team of medical and nurse practitioners experienced in working with children, who deliver flu vaccinations to children, staff and family members. Show you care this flu season by booking a flu vaccination service at your child care centre.

Program inclusions

Online booking system with SMS reminders

Consent forms and electronic vaccination records

Dedicated clinic coordinator to organise your clinic

Vaccines and consumables

Fully insured immuniser

Marketing and promotional materials

For bookings, call us on

1800 246 839

or

Protecting your children from the flu

  1. Wash hands frequently with warm soapy water
  2. Get a flu vaccination
  3. Cover coughs and sneezes – use a tissue to cover the mouth and nose when sneezing
  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  5. Limit close contact with anyone who is ill
  6. Clean your home – clean and disinfect area where germs may thrive
  7. Practice healthy habits – get plenty of sleep, eat well, drink lots of fluids and get active

Wellness Here for Life offers a fully coordinated onsite flu vaccination service nationwide with our network of 150+ health professionals, all specially trained in providing efficient, high quality care.

1. Book a clinic

Let us know your facility size and location and our clinic coordinator will work with you on a suitable clinic day and time

2. Communicate the clinic

Materials will be provided to assist in communicating the service to your staff and parents

3. Hold your clinic

A fully insured, high-trained healthcare professional will deliver the clinic ensuring all required information and consent is collected before proceeding with the vaccination

Frequently Asked Questions

What is influenza?
Influenza (or ‘the flu’) is caused by three types of influenza virus – A, B and C that infect the respiratory system.  Influenza is contagious and is spread by coughing, sneezing and direct contact with an infected person or by touching a contaminated surface. You may be infectious for approximately a day before symptoms appear.

Symptoms of flu include: fever, muscle aches, headache, lethargy, dry cough, sore throat, and a runny nose. The fever and body aches may last for 3-5 days, whilst the cough and lethargy may last for two or more weeks.

Influenza can cause serious complications that may require hospitalisation or may even be fatal.

What’s the difference between influenza and the common cold?
Influenza (or ‘the flu’) is a respiratory illness that occurs following an infection with influenza viruses. Sometimes the term ‘the flu’ is used incorrectly to describe the common cold or other respiratory viruses. This is because their symptoms can be similar to those caused by influenza. There are many different viruses and some bacteria that can cause these symptoms.

The influenza vaccine will only protect you from the influenza virus. Usually influenza is more severe and lasts longer than a cold or other viral respiratory illness.

Why is the flu vaccine recommended?
Annual vaccination against seasonal influenza can reduce your chances of catching the virus and can also reduce the severity of symptoms if you do get sick.
Who should be vaccinated?
The seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended every year for most people aged six months or older.
Who shouldn't have the flu vaccination?
Persons with known egg and chicken allergies are unfortunately not able to participate in this service, but are encouraged to seek advice from their healthcare practitioner.

Persons who have experienced an anaphylactic reaction to antibiotics neomycin, gentamicin, polymixin or thiomersal are also not eligible to participate in this service.

When should I be vaccinated?
The best time to be vaccinated against influenza is in autumn, before the flu season starts. The vaccination can take up to two weeks to develop protection and provides immunity against influenza for around three to four months depending on the individual’s immune system.
How often do I need to be vaccinated?
It is recommended that you receive the influenza vaccination every year as the different strains of virus can change from year to year. This ensures you are protected against the most recent virus strains.

Even if the virus strains do not change, yearly vaccination is still recommended as immunity from flu vaccination is not long lasting.

Is the flu vaccine safe for pregnant women?
The flu vaccine is recommended in all stages of pregnancy and has been given safely to millions of pregnant women across the world. Studies looking at the effects of pregnant women receiving the seasonal flu vaccination indicate no negative effects on pregnant women or their babies.
My child is under the age of 9. How many doses of seasonal flu vaccine are needed this year?

The number of vaccinations for influenza that your child will need to have will depend on if your child has previously had the vaccination and how many times. Any child who is younger than 9 years of age and has:

  • never had the flu vaccine before will need to have two doses at four weeks apart this year
  • previously had two doses in the same year will need just one this year.
Are there any side effects from the vaccine?

Like any medication, some people may experience an unexpected reaction to the influenza vaccine. Common side effects following vaccination for influenza may include:

  • pain, redness and swelling or a lump at the injection site
  • low grade temperature
  • headache or muscle aches
  • drowsiness or tiredness
  • generally feeling unwell.

Most side effects are minor and last only a short time. Generally, mild reactions begin within six to 12 hours.

As with any medication, very rarely will you have a severe allergic reaction, which will usually occur within 15 minutes of receiving a vaccine. Because of this, it is important for you to wait for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccination before leaving.

Your immuniser will advise you of the potential side effects of having the flu vaccine and what you should do if you have a reaction.

Which vaccine is used?
The formulation of influenza vaccines for use in Australia is determined each year by the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) based on information and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO). The details of which strains of influenza antibodies are contained in this year’s vaccine can be found at www.influenzaspecialistgroup.org.au.

The vaccine administered will be an inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) according to the age of the patient.

What happens on the day of the clinic?
The vaccination service is relatively quick, taking less than 5 minutes which allows for the nurse to confirm consent has been provided, that the person being vaccinated is well and has no contraindications to vaccination, and to administer the vaccine.

Following the vaccination, the person vaccinated is required to remain in the observation area for a further 15 minutes.

For bookings, call us on

1800 246 839

or