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Flu shot clinics coming soon

20 Mar

As summer fades and glorious autumn weather surrounds us, it’s time to think of the chills and ills of winter.

Whilst there isn’t much you can do to prevent coughs and colds – except eat well, get enough sleep and exercise and stay away from sick people – you can do something to prevent the much nastier illness of influenza (or “flu”)

In particular, flu vaccinations are a useful and reasonably effective (but not foolproof) protection against flu.

Flu shots are strongly recommended for

– everyone over the age of 65

– those with chronic illnesses (like asthma, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease etc)

– those working with people who are at high risk of complications (such as nursing home patients, hospital and healthcare workers etc)

Other adults should consider getting a flu shot particularly if spending a week or more knocked around badly by a virus is something you’d like to avoid.

Flu shots are free to those who are over the age of 65 and those with chronic illness. For other patients we are able to offer vaccination for the price of $12. If you attend one of our flu-shot clinics, the visit will be bulk-billed.

Our clinics will be held:

Wednesday April 15th    9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Saturday     April 18th     1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday      April 21st     2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday     April 23rd    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

If you would like to be seen at one of these clinics, please make an appointment with reception (Phone 9780 8900).

Please note these flu clinics will be short visits, only to provide a flu shot, and no other issues will be able to be addressed.

(A separate clinic will be held at Peppertree Hill and Waterford Valley retirement villages. Date to be announced shortly.)

Mother and child

28 Oct

We all know:
– that vaccines are very effective (but nothing is perfect) at preventing nasty – even fatal – diseases in childhood;
– that vaccination for kids starts at 2 months of age; and that therefore
– there is a gap in protecting children between birth and their first vaccination at 6-8 weeks of age.

We also know that this is the age group that suffers the most severe disease if they do contract an infection like pertussis (whooping cough).

So how to best prevent newborns from getting infected?

New research from England shows that immunising mothers during pregnancy against whooping cough will decrease the chances of the baby getting whooping cough by around 70%. That’s a great decrease in infection risk, and prevents an incredibly distressing illness. Even if not fatal, whooping cough can make a child very sick (see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3oZrMGDMMw)

If you are planning to get pregnant, come and see us a few months before you start trying. There’s lots to talk about!