One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect yourself and your family from serious disease is through vaccination. Vaccines cleverly trick the body into building immunity against infectious diseases without causing any illness. A dead or weakened version of the disease is introduced to the immune system, which creates an immune response via the production of antibodies. These antibodies, or memory cells, can then attack a virus before a person becomes sick, and protect them from disease.
Vaccination not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of preventable diseases.
The Wesley Pharmacy Group has been at the forefront of vaccination in Queensland and was one of the very first pharmacies to offer vaccinations during the first trial programs in the state.
We have a number of qualified staff members available to provide vaccinations without the need for an appointment or prescription, from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. We simply require a screening and consent form, available from the pharmacy, and request that you remain in store for 15 minutes after you receive your vaccination.
Current guidelines dictate that we are unable to vaccinate people under the age of 16.
Influenza is a highly contagious, acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person. The virus can be fatal in high-risk groups including the elderly and newborn babies. The influenza virus is dangerous due to its ability mutate or change from season to season. The most effective way to protect yourself from influenza is by receiving an annual flu vaccine. Vaccination is quick and easy with minimal side effects.
You can receive the latest TGA recommended influenza vaccine simply by visiting our pharmacy during a weekday. No prescription or appointment is required; we have a team of qualified vaccinating pharmacists available to provide you with influenza protection and advise on the best ways to stay healthy during winter.
Corporate vaccinations are also available on request. The Wesley Pharmacy has partnered with The Pharmacy Guild and the Queensland Government to provide eligible staff with influenza vaccinations by appointment.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Whooping Cough is a highly contagious, airborne respiratory infection that is spread by sneezing or coughing. Symptoms are similar to the common cold, accompanied by a severe and persistent cough. The illness can be life threatening for children under 6 months of age, therefore it is recommended that anyone in contact with a newborn receives the whooping cough vaccine.
Healthcare workers, fathers, friends and grandparents are encouraged to receive the vaccine at least 3 weeks prior to handling a newborn baby.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can cause fever, malaise, conjunctivitis and rash. Measles is often severe and life threatening, with complications including ear infections, pneumonia and acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
Measles is not common in Australia due to our immunisation program, however those travelling overseas could be at risk. If you are unsure of whether you require immunisation for measles, speak to our pharmacist.
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