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42 Murray St, Wonthaggi
25 a'Beckett St, Inverloch
2/1524 Bass Hwy, Grantville
Fully Accredited to the latest Royal Australian
College of General Practice (RACGP) Standards
This year's Flu vaccine is now available
The influenza vaccine is free to the following groups:
– People aged 65 and over
– Pregnant women
– Indigenous people over 15 years of age
– Residents of aged care homes
– Any person with chronic illness that requires regular medical follow-
up or hospitalisation which predisposes them to severe influenza
illness. For example: cardiac disease, respiratory disease including
severe asthma, diabetes, impaired immunity neuromuscular disease
To obtain details of the next available Fluvax clinic contact us after
9.30 am and request a Fluvax appointment.
Individuals who do not qualify for a free vaccine can obtain a
prescription from our doctor and return to have the vaccination.
Employers who wish to arrange Influenza vaccinations for their staff
should contact Gayle Bloch (Practice Manager).
Visit our website at
For appointments call
5672 1333 Wonthaggi | 5674 1207 Inverloch
5678 8029 Grantville
WONTHAGGI Medical Group is offering free
influenza vaccines to select groups of people.
They’ve already vaccinated more than 500
people and have appointments available over the
next few weeks.
The vaccine is especially important for those
who have a chronic illness, Wonthaggi Medical
Group business manager John Turner said.
“The main thing is, if you do contract influenza,
it’s not just the danger from the influenza itself.
“It is a pretty nasty thing to have, but it’s the
complications that can arise from it.
“With a viral attack like influenza, what some-
times happens is you might be overcoming the vi-
rus but it opens you up to something else, which
could be pneumonia, a bacterial infection, and
that can be particularly dangerous in kids who
have a respiratory problem.”
Mr Turner stressed the point it’s not possible
to catch influenza from the vaccine.
“It takes several days for the vaccine to become
fully effective. You may well be on the brink of
having a cold or you might have already contract-
ed something and therefore you fall ill before the
vaccine actually has had time to take hold.”
There is a small amount of egg in the vaccina-
tion. If you have an egg allergy, you should ad-
vise your doctor before having the vaccination.
“They should let the doctor know and they
should have the vaccine done in medical prem-
ises where there’s assistance if they go into
It’s important to get a vaccine each year be-
cause different strains are being discovered
and treated, and each vaccine often covers
more strains than the one the year before.
The influenza vaccine is free to people aged
65 and over, pregnant women, indigenous peo-
ple 15 and over, residents at aged care homes
and those with a chronic illness that require
regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation,
which predisposes them to severe influenza
For more information on the vaccines and to
book an appointment, contact the Wonthaggi
Medical Group on 5672 1333 for the Wont-
haggi office, 5674 1207 for Inverloch and 5678
8029 for Grantville.
The flu vaccine only takes a few minutes out of your day and is free for some people.
for Tarwin Tour
Tour veterans, from left, Isabelle Nicholls, Louis McAuliffe, Jack McAuliffe, James McAu-
liffe, Fiona Nicholls, Olivia Nicholls, Belinda Austin and Harvey Austin were in Venus Bay
on Saturday, for their third Tour de Tarwin event.
IT WASN’T just the 11th an-
nual Tour de Tarwin which at-
tracted the crowds to Tarwin
Lower and Venus Bay over
Easter this year.
Quite apart from the superb
weather, the fishing, water
sports and all the natural at-
tractions, there was a great pro-
gram of events wrapped around
the popular Easter Saturday
event that went off a treat.
From the CFA fundraising
raffle on Friday, to the walk/
run/ride and fishing events on
Saturday, the football/netball
on Saturday afternoon and the
inaugural beach run on Sun-
day, it went off a treat.
And add in the barefoot
bowls on Sunday afternoon
and the market on Monday
and the area was certainly the
place to be.
Organisers could not have
been happier with the re-
Family fun. Thomo, Julie, Ella and Brodie
McManamny from Mount Eliza were ready to
go in the Tour de Tarwin on Saturday, a six
kilometre walk, run or cycle between Venus
Bay and Tarwin Lower.
On your bike, from left, Chloe Henderson, Monique White, Jack Henderson and Rouan
White from Melbourne had their bikes ready to go before the start of the Tour de Tarwin in
Venus Bay on Saturday.
Let’s go, from left, Bonnie Dykes, Mary
Anne Breen, Alana Dykes and Janine Dykes
were keen to get started in the Tour de Tar-
win on Saturday, a six kilometre course be-
tween Venus Bay and Tarwin Lowe
Off and racing, the 11th annual Tour de Tarwin got underway at Venus Bay on Saturday,
with participants choosing to walk, run or ride the six kilometre course into Tarwin Lower.
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