The following vaccines are currently available:

INFLUENZA

ZOSTAVAX (Shingles)

Influenza

We are planning drive by clinics this year – which will be a great way to vaccinate households whilst keeping you all together in your bubble. 

We will initially ONLY be vaccinating our patients in your house hold with the greatest need  (see definitions following).

We WILL be contacting you to invite you to the clinic and we will be giving you clear instructions as to how this will be done.

If you don’t have a car and you walk or use a mobility scooter, we haven’t forgotten you. We will plan for you. If you’re a walker we will also look after you

If you are physically too unwell or disabled to come to us and need a home visit – we will also be in contact later with a plan

If you are in Waimate and away from your usual General Practice Team and fit the criteria, please look at our website (or ask someone you know that could do this for you). Information on our website will guide you

We’re working closely with local agencies to ensure the clinic runs smoothly. At this stage we are still awaiting vaccine supplies. We anticipate offering vaccinations around the middle of April

Eligibility Criteria for Free Seasonal Influenza vaccinations are as follows:

  • If you are 65 or older as at 14 April 2020 that’s all we need to know. You are eligible.
  • If you are younger than 65 (as at 14 April 2020) and have any of the following conditions you are also eligible:
  • Asthma or Chronic Respiratory diagnosis like COPD. Can you please tell us which inhalers you are on?
  • Heart related problems. (Angina, Previous Myocardial infarction, Cardiomyopathy Previous Rheumatic fever, valve replacements, AF)
  • Immune suppressed (so you might be on prednisone or immune suppressing medications like methotrexate or azathioprine or humira) these meds might be used if you are being treated for Rheumatoid arthritis or you have an organ transplant 
  • Chronic renal disease
  • If you are pregnant
  • Diabetes (or a history of diabetes in the past such as related to a previous pregnancy)
  • A history of cancer EXCEPT skin cancers


    PLEASE REMEMBER – IF YOU ARE ON OUR SYSTEM, YOU’RE ON OUR RADAR. YOU DO NOT NEED TO CONTACT US


Measles - what you need to know

Measles is a severe viral illness that can have serious consequences. With an effective vaccination programme in NZ, we only see sporadic cases but with outbreaks recently in Christchurch, and Dunedin, people have been contacting us to check what they need to do. 

Measles vaccination is highly effective. A (second) booster dose is designed to ensure vaccine effectiveness. The booster dose gives additional guarantee of effectiveness  but is much less urgent, as the first dose is likely to be around  95% effective.
We love preventing illness, and vaccination is an extremely simple, effective way to do this. If you have previously decided to not vaccinate yourself or your children but are reconsidering this, we would love to hear from you.
In recent weeks we have had many enquiries regarding measles vaccination. Requests for vaccination boosters is placing some pressure on vaccine supplies.
Our priority is to vaccinate unvaccinated patients ahead of people looking for boosters:

Standard childhood/ Scheduled Vaccination: 2 doses: at 15 months old and 4 years old. 
Unvaccinated children, adolescents and adults (born after 1969) can be booked for “catch up” vaccination with an initial dose, followed by a second dose 4 weeks (or more) later. If you don’t know whether you have been vaccinated it is safe to receive a vaccination anyway.
Born after January 1969  and vaccinated but unsure whether this was one or 2 doses? Consider booking for a booster dose.
Adults born before January 1969 should have “native immunity” (meaning you probably had measles as a child ) You  do not require vaccination as you are immune. 
Health care workers and those working in places of institutional care (rest homes, schools, child care etc) may need booster vaccinations if unsure of their vaccination status (and are born after 1969).
As we have limited supplies of vaccine, priority is being given to unvaccinated patients until we have sufficient vaccine to offer boosters to lower risk (previously immunised) people.
We also are very keen to prevent influenza. We generally start vaccinating against this very common, severe viral illness soon. We will be delaying that programme by a few weeks while we are dealing with measles catch up vaccinations

Free HPV vaccines now available

The HPV vaccine is now available free to boys and young men, as well as girls and young women, aged 9 - 26.  We recommend you protect yourself from this virus which can lead to genital and other cancers.

We will be contacting eligible people to offer appointments in coming weeks.
For further information on the vaccine and HPV virus please see list of relevant websites here.

Zostavax - Protects against shingles

Almost everyone is at risk of shingles because they are likely to have been exposed to chickenpox, even if they have no history of clinical chickenpox or chickenpox vaccination. Following chickenpox infection, the virus lies dormant in the nerves near the spine and may re-emerge many years later as shingles. Shingles most commonly affects older adults or people of any age with a weakened immune system.

Zostavax® is indicated for the prevention of shingles. It can be given to patients who have previously had shingles. 

 

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