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Coronavirus

If you have symptoms of a viral illness (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat) please call the clinic to discuss whether you need an appointment or testing. If you attend the clinic, please wait in your car and call us when you arrive. If you are very unwell and having trouble breathing you should call an ambulance.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus


Flu vaccines

This year flu vaccine is free for children aged 6 months - 5 years, all people over 65yo, all ATSI people over 6 months old, all pregnant women and all people over 6 months old who have certain medical conditions that put them at risk of severe flu. 

Please contact the clinic to ask when you can come and get vaccinated.  

Measles vaccine

There are measles outbreaks in various countries around the world, and occasional cases in Australia. Measles vaccine is free for anyone born after 1966 who is not sure they received 2 doses of the vaccine in childhood. 

Measles vaccine is usually given to children at 12 and 18 months as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Children who are travelling to countries with a measles outbreak can have the vaccine from 6 months old. (They will still need the routine doses at 12 and 18months). 


https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-public-measles-victoria

Pregnancy

There are now a number of tests available before pregnancy and in early pregnancy, and it can get quite confusing! The website Maternity Matters has lots of current and accurate information for women in Australia who are pregnant. 

https://maternity-matters.com.au

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. There is a government-funded screening program being phased in. By early 2019, everyone from 50-74years old will get a BowelScreen kit in the mail every 2 years. You can collect a sample in the privacy of your own home and post it back for testing. The results are sent to you and your GP. If bowel cancer is detected early it is treatable. 

http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/bowel

Children and cars

Did you know that children should remain in a booster seat while travelling in cars until they are 145cm? The law states that children can travel without a booster when they reach age 7 but most children at this age are too small to sit safely in an adult seat. Adult seats place them at high risk of severe injury in a crash. See VicRoads for more information.

https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/vehicle-safety/child-restraints/children-aged-between-7-to-16-years