Vaccinations are critical to a child’s protection from disease. It is the safest and most effective way to stop the spread of many of the world’s most infectious diseases.

Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism – the immune response – to build resistance to specific infections. When a person is vaccinated, their body produces an immune response in the same way their body would after exposure to a disease, but without the person suffering symptoms of the disease. When a person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond fast enough to prevent the person developing the disease.

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Travelling overseas?

When travelling overseas, you may get sick from infectious diseases or other health conditions. Before you go, make an appointment with your Doctor to find out what vaccinations and other preventative measures are appropriate for your destination.

Dr Martyn at Coffs Medical Centre is accredited for Yellow Fever Vaccine

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Q fever vaccine is recommended for adolescents aged ≥15 years and adults who are at risk of infection with C. burnetii.

These include:

  • abattoir workers
  • farmers
  • stockyard workers
  • shearers
  • animal transporters (of high-risk animals such as cattle, camels, sheep, goats and kangaroos)
  • veterinarians
  • veterinary nurses
  • veterinary students
  • professional dog and cat breeders
  • agricultural college staff and students
  • wildlife and zoo workers who work with high-risk animals
  • animal refuge workers (including those working in animal shelters and boarding facilities)
  • laboratory workers who handle veterinary specimens or work with C. burnetii
  • other people exposed to high-risk animals

Dr Gilliland and Dr Zhao are both accredited for administration of Q-Fever vaccinations.
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Coffs Medical Centre provides the initial 2 Coronavirus vaccines and initial booster required to remain “Up To Date” free of charge for all people over the age of 16.

We also provide the 2 initial recommended Coronavirus vaccine for those aged 5-15 years old

 Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Novavax are available at Coffs Medical Centre.   

Booster doses are now recommended 4 months after your last coronavirus vaccination if you are aged over 65 or you have a suppressed immune system. 


Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a virus. It typically spreads from person to person through the air by coughing, sneezing or talking, and by touching a person’s hands, surface or object.

Influenza vaccine is available free of charge to those over 65 years, people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women and all children from 6 months until their 5th Birthday and all Aboriginal peoples.

We also provide flu vaccines to all other people and provide workplace and group vaccinations.


People 65 and over are at higher risk of pneumonia and a free vaccine is available free of charge.