March Newsletter

March Newsletter

Winter is on the way however it is possible to prevent common winter ills!

Influenza can affect anyone, no matter how fit, active and healthy they may be, the best protection is immunisation

The non-funded influenza vaccine will be available from Monday 23 March 2015 at our clinic at a cost of $30. We are waiting on the release date for the Funded influenza vaccine. For more information click here.

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes two very serious illnesses: meningitis (an infection of the membranes that cover the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).

Several vaccines are available which protect against different groups of meningococcal disease – A, C, Y and W135. These vaccines aren’t free (except for some people whose spleens don’t work or who don’t have a spleen), but they’re available for private purchase through general practices if people want them.

Rheumatic fever is a serious illness which starts with a sore throat caused by the bacteria Group A Streptococcus. You may hear it called Strep throat.

 Sore Throats Key Messages

  • A sore throat can lead to rheumatic fever if it’s left untreated. Rheumatic fever is very serious and causes heart damage.
  • Every time your child has a sore throat it could be serious. Don’t ignore, take them to a doctor or nurse straight away to get it checked.
  • We know it is a big ask to get your child checked every time they have a sore throat, but it is important.
  • Ring Healthline on 0800 611 116 to find out where your nearest free sore throat clinic is.
  • If you are prescribed a course of antibiotics, please take them for the whole 10 days or they might not work. Many winter diseases are spread from person-to-person through coughing and sneezing.
  • To help stop the spread of disease always:
    • cover your nose or mouth with your arm or a tissue when you sneeze or cough
    • wash and dry your hands after coughing/sneezing, using the toilet and before and after preparing food.