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13/12/19

Zostavax catch-up programme extended to 31 December 2020 

The latest Pharmaceutical Schedule (page 8) advises that the Zostavax catch-up programme, for people aged 66-80 years on 1 April 2018, is extended to 31 December 2020.

 

UPDATED priorities for use of MMR vaccine stock are now:

      • Priority groups
      • We would also like to take this opportunity to reiterate the current priority groups for vaccination are:
      • • ensure all children receive their vaccinations on time at 15 months (12 months in Auckland) and four years to maintain the national Childhood Immunisation Schedule
      • • susceptible close contacts within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when possible
      • • babies aged six months to 11 months who live in Auckland or who are travelling to Auckland or overseas to a country that has an active outbreak of measles
      • • children and adolescents aged 15 and under who have not had a single dose of MMR
      • • in accordance with the National Immunisation Schedule, all children under five who have not received either dose of MMR should be actively recalled. We consider active recall of this group to be in line with the priority groups
      • • un-immunised eligible people under the age of 50 travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji.

 

Christmas Opening Hours 2019

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7.30-6pm 7.30-6pm 7.30-6pm 7.30-6pm 7.30-5pm

Our Xmas hours are reduced for the two week period 23 December to Friday 3 January.

There will be NO pre-booking appointments for this short week, even on the portal. Please note that your usual GP may not be available. We would appreciate it if any regular appointments for ongoing conditions be put off until after the holidays to allow room for urgent on-the-day cases.

Please call on the day from 7.30am for an appointment, we will be booking the morning first and the afternoon ones after 12pm in order to optimise the doctors time. Our phone will divert to a helpline after hours, so if you have any concerns just dial our usual number. If it is an emergency, please call 111 immediately.

We wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year !!!!

 

MMR Vaccine Stock: Advice for Auckland Region until Further Notice

Latest update:

Published by Auckland, Counties and Waitematā DHBs on 23/09/2019 8:20:23 PM.

No Change to Temporary Priority Groups for MMR

As advised last week, current MMR stock in Auckland remains limited and we continue to require you to reserve stock for priority groups:

  1. Scheduled immunisations at 12 months and 4 years.
  2. Based on clinical judgement, you may give one dose of MMR to:
    • People under 30 years of age with no recorded MMR1 with a particular focus on Pacific and Māori.
    • Babies six to 12 months.
  1. People aged 30-50 continue not to be a priority at this time.

Latest update to Medical Centres follows:

MMR Vaccine Stock: Ongoing Advice for Auckland Region

Published by Auckland, Counties and Waitematā DHBs on 18/09/2019 8:37:50 PM.

Current MMR stock in Auckland remains limited and we continue to require you to reserve stock for priority groups only:

  1. Scheduled immunisations at 12 months and 4 years.
  2. Based on clinical judgement, you may give one dose of MMR to:
    • People under 30 years of age with no recorded MMR1 with a particular focus on Pacific and Māori.
    • Babies six to 12 months.
  3. You may not give MMR to anyone 30 or older.

Last updated 11.15 am, 18 September 2019 MOH

 

12/9/2019 latest upate:

In Auckland we strongly request GP practices reserve most of your MMR stock for:

  • First priority: 1-4 year olds scheduled immunisations
  • Second priority: unimmunised Pacific and Maori people aged under 30 years

The three Auckland DHBs are running a regional response to the outbreak, and our incident management team are in daily contact with your PHOs.

Through the past 48 hours we have been working alongside the PHOs to track and redistribute vaccine stock to areas of highest need.

We know some practices have been running out of MMR. Please advise your PHO if your stocks are low, so they can update us. We will do our best to get stock to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for the work you are doing to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

This advice will be updated to reflect changes in vaccine availability.

 

11/9/2019

Notice to our patients regarding Measles vaccine (MMR)

As you are aware we are currently experiencing an outbreak of measles cases in Auckland; with South Auckland recording the highest number of people with the disease.

Over the past few weeks there has been a surge in the number of people seeking the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.  Due to this demand we have been advised that current stocks of the MMR vaccine in Auckland are being prioritised for certain groups until supply is free flowing. We encourage you to call the practice to find out if you are eligible at this time.

We appreciate that this may be concerning for some, we will continue to keep you updated.

As a reminder, if you suspect that you or a family member may have measles, please ring ahead to the clinic before coming in for your appointment so that we can ensure the correct isolation measures are in place to prevent spread of the disease.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Ngā mihi,

The Titirangi Medical Centre Team

APRIL: 2019


Immunisation for older adults

Older people also need immunisation. This section describes the free immunisations available for people at age 65 and older. These immunisations protect against shingles, influenza, tetanus and diphtheria.

At age 65, immunisation against influenzashinglestetanus and diphtheria is recommended by the Ministry of Health. These vaccines are free (practices may charge a small fee to administer tetanus and diphtheria vaccine). Talk to your doctor or practice nurse to find out how to protect yourself.

As you get older, the protection you received from some of your earlier immunisations begins to wear off. Your immune system may no longer work as well and you are at increased risk from some infectious diseases. Free immunisation is offered at age 65 onwards to protect you against some serious diseases.

Shingles

Shingles vaccine is free at age 65. Until 31 March 2020, anyone aged 66 to 80 inclusive is also eligible for a free shingles vaccine.

Shingles (or herpes zoster) is a painful rash affecting a particular nerve. It‘s a long-term effect of chickenpox that can occur many years after a person has recovered from the initial disease. It can affect anyone who has previously had chickenpox, and is more common in older people. Shingles usually lasts 10 to 15 days but can cause scarring and loss of vision if it affects the eyes. One of the most serious complications, particularly among older people, is nerve pain that lasts long after the rash has disappeared.

Influenza

Influenza (or the flu) is a serious illness that can be fatal. Influenza may lead to a stay in hospital at any age but particularly if you are older or have an underlying medical condition. Influenza kills around 400 New Zealanders every year.

Influenza vaccine is free and recommended every year from age 65 onwards. The vaccine is changed each year to make sure it protects against the most common strains of the virus. You can get the vaccine free at your doctors and some pharmacies from late autumn each year.

Flu vaccines will be available early April with Flu clinics to be held Mid May. Dates to be advised.

 

 

 

 

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