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COVID 19 and Flu Vaccines

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We are stepping closer to being able to administer the COVID vaccine. Please note that we have NOT been given permission to run Drive Through Clinics and so the administration of the vaccines will be done within the surgeries.

At the Lighthouse Surgery/Narooma Respiratory Clinic we expect to receive the first delivery of vaccines in the week commencing 22nd March.

In Bermagui, we are expecting our first delivery in the week commencing 29th March.

We have not set firm dates for the clinics as yet due to the lack of confirmation of dates and the quantities of vaccines that will be made available to us.

However, we will commence waiting lists for both surgeries. Please call 4476 2999 for Lighthouse Surgery or 6493 4903 for Bermagui Medical Centre to have your name added to the waitlist for Phase 1B

We invite you to register with us but please be mindful that we are at the mercy of the Federal Government in terms of delivery and quantity of the vaccine as well as the Phase 1B guidelines.

We have also started a waitlist for the Flu Vaccine.

We will endeavour to give our community as much information as possible as this process progresses.

Below you will find links with both a copy of the intended roll out schedule, as well as some FAQ’s to hopefully help in the meantime

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/01/australia-s-covid-19-vaccine-national-roll-out-strategy.pdf

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid-19-vaccination

https://www.ncirs.org.au/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines-frequently-asked-questions

Coronavirus (COVID 19)

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In the interest of our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Bermagui Medical Centre requests that patients only contact the surgery by phone on 6493 4903 for appointments. This applies to all attendances, including the emergency clinic. Please do not attend the surgery without phoning beforehand

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or you are having respiratory symptoms please contact the surgery by phone for advice. Information on self-isolation and other community precautions can be found at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au

After hours health advice is available from HealthDirect on 1800 022 222

The National Coronavirus Health Information Line is 1800 020 080
For credible updates and information we recommend http://www.health.nsw.gov.au

National Immunisation Program Schedule changes

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From the 1st of July 2018, The National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule have implemented changes to the Childhood Immunisation Schedule to improve protection against meningococcal, pneumococcal and haemophilus influenzae type B diseases. The changes include:

  • At 12 months of age, children will receive a meningococcal ACWY vaccine (replacing meningococcal C vaccination);
  • At 18 months of age, children will receive the booster Hib vaccine dose, protecting against haemophilus influenzae type B (previously given as a combined vaccine with meningococcal C at 12 months)
  • At 2,4 and 12 months of age, children will receive a pneumococcal vaccine (instead of at 2, 4 and 6 months)

In addition, maternal pertussis (dTpa) vaccination for pregnant women has been listed on the NIP to guarantee its ongoing access and availability.

For further information and resources

The resources are available for download or order online though the Department of Health website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/default.aspx

Australian Technical Advisory Group Information for Immunisation Providers: https://beta.health.gov.au/resources?f%5B0%5D=field%20audience%3A446

NSW Health Immunisation Schedule Changes FAQ’s: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/schedule-changes.aspx

Or ring the Bermagui Medical Centre on 02 64934903 and talk to one of our nurses!

Have you registered for “My Health Record” (eHealth)

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My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. You can control what goes into it, and who is allowed to access it. You can choose to share your health information with your doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.

Ask our friendly staff to find out more information.

To register click the link below,

https://myhealthrecord.gov.au/internet/mhr/publishing.nsf/Content/home

Shingles immunisation

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Shingles (Herpes-zoster) is a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster (chickenpox) virus. The shingles rash occurs when the dormant chickenpox virus is reactivated in the nerve tissue, causing inflammation of the nerves

Once you have had chickenpox, the virus can stay in your nervous system for many years and can become active again and give you shingles. Shingles can spread through direct contact with an uncovered rash. 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. As a person gets older, the risk of getting shingles increases.

The shingles vaccine is provided free for people aged 70 years under the National Immunisation Program. There is also a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years until 31 October 2021. If you are eligible and would like to receive a free shingles vaccine, please call and book an appointment with our Practice Nurses. Please be aware that this vaccine is not safe for people who have a compromised immune system.

If you are not eligible to receive the free vaccine, you are able to purchase the vaccine on prescription – a doctor appointment is required.

For more information on the shingles vaccine:

http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-herpes-zoster

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/adult_vaccination.aspx#shingles

Whooping cough immunisation

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Whooping Cough (pertussis) is an extremely contagious respiratory infection which causes uncontrolled coughing and vomiting and can be particularly dangerous for babies under the age of 12 months.

Whooping cough is spread through respiratory droplets, which can be transmitted in the air through coughing and sneezing, or from close contact with an infected person. In a household where someone has whooping cough, an estimated 80-90% of the non-immunised contacts of that person will acquire whooping cough.

A history of having this disease does not mean life-long immunity, therefore vaccination is still necessary. Whooping cough vaccination is available for free to children through the National Immunisation Program Schedule and to pregnant women in their third trimester (preferably at 28 weeks) and is available at the surgery. Family members and people who have close contact with babies in the first weeks of life are recommended to have a whooping cough vaccine 2 weeks before having contact with the baby – this is available on prescription from a doctor.

For more information on whooping cough and the whooping cough vaccine:

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/pertussis.aspx

http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-pertussis