~ ZOSTAVAX is now available - please book an appointment with the nurse for this vaccination ~
Around 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime. As you age it becomes easier for shingles to break through your body's defences.
Shingles can appear as an unsightly, blistering rash, more often on your face or torso. Whilst the rash can look terrible it is the pain that most sufferers remember. And for 1 in 5 people with shingles, the pain will worsen due to a complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), chronic nerve pain that can last for months, even years, after the rash has healed.
ZOSTAVAX is the first and only vaccine to help prevent shingles. A single dose vaccine, ZOSTAVAX reduces the risk of developing shingles and its associated short and long term pain.
If you are aged 65-80, ask you doctor today if you can have the FREE shingles vaccine.
Due to the extra time taken to compose referral letters, outside of consultation times, we must charge a small fee for these.
A Reminder About Immunisation
Whooping cough notifications rose across the Bay of Plenty last year and 2017 saw small children admitted to hospital.
Toi Te Ora Public Health Service was notified of 95 people with whooping cough in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts in 2016, up from 34 in 2015. In 2016, 10 cases were babies aged one year or under (who are the most at risk of complications) and 11 were young children aged between one and four years.
Whooping cough is a highly infectious illness caused by bacteria that are spread through the community by coughing and sneezing, in the same way as colds and influenza. Protect your children from this distressing and serious disease with the Boostrix vaccination.
Girven Road Medical Centre encourages all patients to keep their, and their children's, immunisations up-to-date. Please call and talk to the nurse if you have any queries about immunisation. To help protect your baby, ask your close family and friends to get vaccinated. The Boostrix vaccination is free to pregnant women between 28 and 38 weeks gestation.