2020 has been an unprecedented year for flu vaccines. As a result of this, the supply of vaccines for the 4-65 years age group is now exhausted. Deliveries of further vaccines are not expected until June/July. We have a waiting list for our patients that would like to be informed when we receive our stock. Please ring The Lighthouse Surgery to be added to this list.
In the interest of our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lighthouse Surgery requests that patients only contact the surgery by phone on 4476 2999 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
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 Lighthouse Surgery on 02 44762999 and talk to one of our nurses!
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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.
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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.
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