Measles Alert

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Bringing forward the baby 15-month vaccinations to 12 months of age.

Due to the current measles outbreak, ARPHS and the Ministry of Health are recommending that the current 15 month old MMR (MMR1) vaccination is moved forward to 12 months.
The preference is for all 4 vaccinations scheduled at 15 months to be administered at 12 months : These are:
MMR1, pneumococcal (PCV), Hib, varicella VV (chickenpox) vaccines.
This simplifies the change as much as possible, and means a single immunisation event can continue.  It also reduces the risk of the child not returning for the other 15-month vaccinations.

Recall children between 1 and 5 years for MMR1

Measles has now disrupted learning for children at early learning services and schools in Auckland. We are actively recalling all children between 1 and 5 years who have not received at least one MMR vaccination.

Children Travelling

MMR can be offered to children from 6 months of age if they are travelling overseas to countries where there are currently measles outbreaks such as the US, Japan and the Philippines. See the Ministry of Health website for more information. MMR administered to infants aged 6 – 12 months is categorised as MMR0. They will still require MMR1 and MMR2.

Adults

We are also vaccinating anyone seeking their first MMR if under 50 years (and over the age of 12 months). The vaccine is free for people under 50 years who have not received 2 MMR vaccinations.

If in doubt about vaccination history, immunise rather than check serology. Many school and ECEC staff members will be seeking evidence of immunity so they can avoid quarantine if exposed to a measles case. We will vaccinate those without documented evidence of immunity against measles, provided there are no contraindications. This is preferred to requesting serological (blood testing) confirmation.

Influenza Vaccine Limited Stock in NZ

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Influenza vaccine

We are sorry to advise patients and customers that there is very limited supply of influenza vaccine left in New Zealand.

More than 1.2 million doses have been administered since 1 April this year. This has been an unprecedented demand.

The Ministry of Health has now requested that all available stock is given to the following priority groups only, because of their substantially increased risk of catching influenza and suffering from the complications:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 4 and under with serious respiratory / lung conditions
  • People with severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions that make them more susceptible to influenza
  • Those aged 65 and over with significant health issues

We acknowledge your frustration, if this affects you.

We thank you for your understanding and assistance in helping our staff to distribute the vaccine to these vulnerable people.

Thank you.

Patient Portal – “Health 365”

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Browns Bay Medical Centre is NOW providing Patient Portal access through the Portal known as “Health365“.

A Patient Portal is a secure website where you can access your own medical information stored on our medical centre server.

Our portal is called “Health 365” and allows you to

  • Make appointments with your GP on line
  • View your regular medications and order repeat prescriptions on line
  • View your test results including specialist letters
  • View your list of medical problems on file
  • Have a secure e-consult with your GP

Please ask your doctor when you are next in for information on the Portal and a consent form to allow us to register you onto the Patient Portal. You will be requested to provide a unique email address and identification for security reasons, to ensure your medical information is kept secure.

Patient Portal Health365 – see below attached information sheet and consent form to join.

Patient Portal Information Sheet
Information Sheet

Patient Portal Consent
Patient Portal Consent

Asthma Nurse Clinics

Asthma is a long term condition affecting the breathing tubes (bronchioles), in the lungs. The muscles around the bronchioles become tight and swelling plus mucus develops inside the bronchioles.

 Have you seen one of our asthma trained nurses for an asthma clinic review?

Our asthma nurse can help you and/or your child with the following:

  • Preventing and coping with triggers
  • Using your inhalers correctly – Preventer and Reliever
  • Measuring how well you are currently breathing on your current asthma medications/inhalers
  • Understanding your medications/inhalers
  • Completing an Action Plan so you have control of your asthma

Please take a minute to think about the following questions

  1. Do you wake up at night or early in the morning with a cough, wheeze or tight feeling in your chest?
  2. Do you cough, wheeze or have a tight feeling in your chest on more than 2 days per week?
  3. Does your asthma prevent you from doing activities that you once enjoyed?
  4. Do you use your reliever most days or more than 4 puffs per week?
  5. Have you had a spirometry test in the last 3 years?
  6. Do you currently smoke? Most important do you know what to do in an asthma attack?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THESE SIX QUESTIONS, WE WOULD LIKE TO HELP YOU. YOU MAY THINK YOUR ASTHMA IS UNDER CONTROL BUT IT MAY NOT BE!

Please call the Surgery on 4795422 to make a Free appointment with our asthma nurses.

Meningitis Vaccine recommended for young adults

Meningitis vaccine is recommended for all hostel/flatting young adults especially 1st year tertiary students. Currently the vaccine of choice (Menactra) protects against Meningococcal strains A C Y W-135.  Menactra is a 1 dose/injection vaccine. There is a charge for this vaccine.

Whooping cough epidemic

New Zealand is in the grip of a whooping cough epidemic. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, causes a severe cough, and is especially serious for young babies and infants. Severe cases need hospital admission, oxygen, sometimes ventilation support.

We recommend you consider having a booster of pertussis vaccine if you come into contact with young children.

Women who are pregnant should also discuss immunisation with one of our GPs or practice nurses. Immunisation while pregnant is safe and transfers immunity to the unborn child via the placenta, helping to prevent your baby getting pertussis.