Frequently Asked Questions

Book your flu vaccines for the 2022 season

Medimobile is a medical practice operating throughout Australia and New Zealand that offers onsite, workplace Influenza (flu) vaccinations. We were founded by Dr Kirsten Baulch MBBS FRACGP in 2003, and Dr Baulch remains as our Medical Director to the present day. We have delivered over 2 million flu vaccinations and currently vaccinate up to 250,000 people per year throughout all metropolitan and regional areas of Australia, making us the largest provider of workplace flu vaccination services in the Southern Hemisphere.

Our customers are businesses and government departments across Australia and New Zealand who wish to protect their employees from flu.

Our customers pay the costs of our nurses visiting their workplace, as well as the cost of the vaccines. As per the legislation, none of the cost of an employer-initiated health initiative can be billed to Medicare.

We employ approximately 200 Immunisation Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and registered Doctors who work within our team and travel to workplaces and clinics in cities, towns and remote communities to bring a high quality, personalised service to businesses of any size in any location.

  • Australia’s leading provider – Over 10 years’ experience specialising exclusively in workplace flu programs
  • Australia’s largest workforce of Nurse Immunisers, Nurse Practitioners, and Doctors offers you choice and redundancy that no other provider can offer
  • The most highly qualified team – Operated by our Medical Director who is supported by a team of over 200 Nurse Immunisers and eleven General Practitioners providing free telephone medical advice to your employees via our medical advice hotline
  • Highly developed bespoke online booking system, MediBooking and online flu management portal, MediPortal provides a service of unparalleled ease and reliability for your organisation
  • Free mobile app (Medimobile App) offering a world-first educational experience, enhanced booking features and online Flu Medical Certificates for your employees
  • Registered and insured in all States, Territories and regions to ensure the highest level of compliance with all legislation governing the operation of workplace flu programs
  • Trusted by over 4000 businesses annually to deliver a quality medical service, on time, with the highest level of care
  • The best service. The finest care. Experience the Medimobile difference.

This year Australia will again offer an adjuvanted quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV) – Fluad® Quad.

This adjuvant flu vaccine is a quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccine available under the government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) and is only suitable for individuals aged 65 years and above. An adjuvant is an ingredient added to a vaccine that helps create a stronger immune response to vaccination.

Due to Fluad® Quad flu vaccine only being available under the NIP, not available for private purchase and not suitable for individuals under 65 years of age, Medimobile is unable to supply or administer this type of flu vaccine. If you are aged 65+, we suggest you see your GP to access this higher immunogenicity flu vaccine.

It is important for all individuals in this age group (65+ years) to be vaccinated and therefore if any individual aged 65+ are unlikely to attend their GP to receive this higher immunogenicity flu vaccine it is recommended that they proceed with one of the quadrivalent Influenza vaccines Medimobile is able to provide to ensure that they are vaccinated.

The higher immunogenicity flu vaccine provides coverage against the same 4 influenza strains included in the standard quadrivalent vaccines for under 65 year olds.

Medimobile’s workplace Covid-19

Given each employee will have had their first and second doses on different dates between March 2021 to the present, the optimal timing of each employees’ third dose (“booster”) is very varied. This presents a challenge to scheduling a workplace vaccination clinic, because many employees will be overdue for their vaccination by the date of the clinic, or it will be too early for their third dose.

We recommend that employees have their third dose (“booster”) at their GP, a vaccination hub, or a pharmacy when it falls due. Thereafter, if ongoing Covid-19 boosters are recommended, workplace clinics could be scheduled to offer maximal, timely protection and convenience to the majority of employees e.g. workplaces run an annual Covid-19 booster clinic every June or July, or twice yearly, taking into account the ongoing need to schedule annual flu vaccinations between March and May annually.

About Covid-19 Boosters

Booster or “third dose” Covid-19 vaccinations are recommended from 3 months after a person had their second dose.

The purpose of the third dose is to mitigate against waning immunity to the SARS-COV-2 Coronavirus and the emergence of new variants. Evidence on the benefits and risks of booster doses is still limited but supports the benefit and safety of booster vaccination, particularly in high-risk groups.

To facilitate implementation of the national COVID-19 vaccine booster program, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) supports the use of a single booster dose for those who completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine course ≥6 months ago.

Given each individual had their first and second doses on different dates between March 2021 to the present, the optimal timing of each employees’ third dose is very varied. This presents a challenge to scheduling a workplace vaccination clinic, because many employees will be overdue for their vaccination by the date of the clinic, or it will be too early for their third dose.

Medimobile therefore presently recommends that employers encourage their employees to seek their third dose from a GP clinic, vaccination hub or pharmacy on or soon after the date it falls due.

We will continue to monitor the developments of the evidence informing timing of booster doses, and the suitability of booster clinics for the workplace setting.

TIMING BETWEEN Covid-19 VACCINATION & FLU VACCINATION

Previously it was recommended to wait 7 days between your COVID vaccine and receiving any other vaccination however new evidence demonstrates the safety and immunogenicity of co-administration of COVID and flu vaccines. There is no need to wait for an interval between receiving your influenza vaccine and your COVID vaccine.

The new cell-based flu vaccine has similar effectiveness to all other quadrivalent flu vaccines used by Medimobile. Given its significantly higher price, and equivalent effectiveness, Medimobile will not offer this particular new vaccine in our 2022 workplace programs.

References:

Bruxvoort KJ, Luo Y, Ackerson B, et al. Comparison of vaccine effectiveness against
influenza hospitalization of cell-based and egg-based influenza vaccines, 2017-2018. Vaccine
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DeMarcus L, Shoubaki L, Federinko S. Comparing influenza vaccine effectiveness between
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