Free pneumonia vaccine for over-65s from Toowoomba council
RESIDENTS aged 65 and older can take advantage of Toowoomba Regional Council's free vaccine to safeguard against pneumonia.
The council's environmental health portfolio leader councillor Sue Englart said Queensland Health had provided the council with supplies of the Pneumovax 23 vaccine.
"Vaccinations are available at council's Immunisation Clinic at 12 Little St, Toowoomba. Eligible people can attend between 9am and 1.30pm every Wednesday and from 5.30-7pm on the first Thursday of each month (except on public holidays)," she said.
"Preventative action always beats a cure and I encourage residents over 65 to consider having the vaccination to have an additional safeguard against the debilitating effects of pneumonia.
"This vaccine is separate from the fluvax and offers extra cover on top of the annual flu vaccine, especially for people in high-risk categories.
"Council appreciates Queensland Health's offer of the vaccines and encourages people to discuss any personal health requirements with their GP or council's Immunisation Clinic nurses for any additional information.
"While the vaccine does not offer total protection against pneumonia, it offers extra protection from potentially worse complications or a prolonged bout of the illness."
The clinic also administers a range of funded vaccines for eligible members of the community.
Residents can check the full list of scheduled vaccines at www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/immunisation.
People should take along their Medicare card and relevant health information.
Inquiries can be directed to 131 872.