Measles – mumps – rubella (MMR) 2nd dose vaccine free for eligible patients

Call Southern Cross Medical Centre to make an appointment for a free MMR vaccine- 9799 2233.

The Victorian Government has funded a measles-containing vaccine program that is available for all adults born during or since 1966 and aged from 20 years without evidence of two documented  doses of valid MMR vaccine or without serological evidence of immunity.

In 2019 there have now been 36 cases of confirmed measles notified in Victoria. Almost all cases are in people who are not fully immunised against measles, who have either travelled overseas or been in contact with travellers from overseas in Victoria. Many cases are people born since 1966 who believed they were fully immunised but who had not had two doses of MMR vaccine.

2019 – Flu vaccine now available for all patients over 6 months old

Flu vaccine available now – call to make an appointment.

The consult will be bulk billed if you are only seen for the flu vaccine.

If you are not eligible for a free government funded vaccine there will be charge of $10.

People eligible for a free influenza vaccine:

· All children aged six months to less than five years – Victorian government funded
· All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged from six months
· All adults aged ≥65 years
· All people aged ≥six months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes
· Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy).

2018 Christmas Period opening hours

Flu vaccine now available for all patients over 6 months old

Flu vaccine available now – call to make an appointment

The consult will be bulk billed if you are only seen for the flu vaccine.

Free Meningococcal W vaccine for 15 to 19 year olds until end of Dec 17

To combat a recent rise in cases of Meningococcal W disease, the Victorian Government has introduced a free Meningococcal W vaccine, time-limited vaccine program for young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 in Victoria from 18 April 2017 until 31 December 2017.
Young people receiving the vaccine will be protected against the ‘W’ strain of the disease, as well as three other strains (‘A’, ‘C’ and ‘Y’).

Who is eligible for the free Meningococcal vaccine?
The vaccine is free to young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 of secondary school, as well as those young people not in secondary school but of an equivalent age (aged 15-19 years between 18 April 2017 and 31 December 2017).

For more information go to:

http://immunehero.health.vic.gov.au/app/uploads/2017/05/FAQs-factsheet.pdf

We encourage you to make an appointment

This Practice is encouraging all patients aged 15 to 19 at any time between 18th of April – 31st of December 2017, who have not had the Meningococal A,C,W,Y vaccine at School or who do not attend school at present to make an appointment with reception to see the nurse for a vaccine.

Private Flu vaccine now available for $10

We now have the private quadravalent flu vaccines available for $10 for patients 18 years or older. The consult will be bulk billed if you are only seen for the flu vaccine.

Quadravelent Flu vaccine 2017

Dr Cheryl Lee returning

We are happy to announce that Dr Cheryl Lee will be returning from maternity leave on the 9th January 2017. She will initially be working Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Olympics – Zika virus

Going to the Olympics this year? The incidence of zika virus in the state of Rio de janeiro in the last 6 months is close to 1 in 500 of the population; Travax notes

Pregnant women (in any trimester) from non-affected areas should not travel to this country. WHO states that there is strong scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of Guillain-Barré syndrome, microcephaly, and other neurological disorders. Zika virus infection should be considered in any traveler (especially pregnant women) who reports Zika-like illness during or within 2 weeks of returning from this country.

There are other suggestions for travellers who go to Rio about using condoms and not conceiving for a period of time after return-see handout.

People have the impression it wont be an issue but the Aedes mozzy that spreads it is quite at home in urban areas, and there is currently a dengue outbreak in Rio as well.

Free flu vaccine now available for most patients

We now have all the flu vaccines available. Government funded for those eligible, trivalent for most others (for free) but  if you prefer quadravelent there will be a cost of $10. The consult will be bulk billed if you are only seen for the flu vaccine.

New Female doctors

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