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Public Holiday

Glen Iris Medical Group will be closed Monday 11th June

due to the Queen’s Birthday Holiday.

 

May 31st, 2018|Clinic News|

FLU SUPPLY UPDATE

Glen Iris Medical Group currently has a reasonable supply of private Flu vaccines and very few government supplies. We will be unable to order more private flu vaccine in the foreseeable future. Please call on 03 9509 7633 to make an appointment.

May 31st, 2018|Clinic News|

Signs and Symptoms of Influenza

Influenza (or the ‘flu’) is a viral infection that is transmitted person to person via airborne ‘droplets’, tiny particles of fluid that are expelled into the air, or onto a surface when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

It affects the respiratory tract, the nose, throat and lungs. It is highly contagious and is attributed to around 3000 deaths in Australia per year. Some flu seasons, like that we experienced in 2017 are worse than other years. This can be attributed to the strains of flu virus that are most prevalent in the community and changes or ‘mutations’ in these virus strains. Viruses are constantly changing, in an attempt to subvert the immune system. Strains of virus that are more successful at this, become dominant and spread. Annual flu vaccines contain three or four of the most prevalent strains for that particular flu season and provide excellent protection against infection but they cannot provide immunity against all strains, or strains that have mutated.

When a person comes in contact with the virus, there may be 1-4 days before they start to exhibit symptoms. This is called the ‘incubation period’. A person may still infect others even if they have not yet started […]

May 29th, 2018|Clinic News|

My Health Record

 

In a highly anticipated announcement, the Minister for Health the Hon. Greg Hunt confirmed recently the My Health Record (MHR) opt-out three-month window will commence from 16 July to 15 October 2018. Every Australian will be offered a MHR unless they choose to opt-out during this period.

Follow this link to read more: myhealthrecordwebsitecopy

May 17th, 2018|Clinic News|

National Heart Week 2018: ‘Don’t get the SITS!’

During the week April 29th to May 6th 2018, the National Heart Foundation celebrates Heart Week. This year they are promoting the benefits of physical activity on heart health.

The ‘Don’t Get the SITS’ campaign aims to get Australians moving in order to improve heart health. Being active for at least 30 minutes per day has many positive benefits for the heart and our overall health and wellbeing, including:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced cholesterol
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Improved mood and reduced symptoms of depression
  • Improved management of blood sugar levels
  • Helps to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Increases bone strength
  • Improves joint and muscle health and functionality
  • Lowers the risk of falls
  • Improves sleep

Over half of Australians do not get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day. We are on largely a very inactive nation which has resulted in around 2 in 3 adults being considered overweight or obese. Worryingly, this trend is starting younger with one in four children now considered overweight or obese.

The key to achieving the recommended minimum of 30 minutes per day is to find an activity that you enjoy. The gym, group fitness […]

April 29th, 2018|Clinic News|

Flu Clinics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please call reception on 9509 7633 to book an appointment

Friday 27th April             1.30-3.00pm
Saturday 28th April    10.30-12.30pm
Tuesday 1st May             5.30-7.30pm
Wednesday 2nd May      1.30-3.00pm 
Thursday 3rd May           5.30-7.30pm
Saturday 5th May       10.30-12.30pm                                                                                            Tuesday 8th May             5.30-7.30pm                                                                                                   Thursday 10th May         5.30-7.30pm                                                       […]

April 16th, 2018|Clinic News|

Meningococcal Vaccination-What’s new and changing.

By Dr Jane Healy

There are two new vaccines that many parents and adults may have recently heard about.

They are Bexsero and Menactra.

Both these vaccines protect against the infection caused by the different subgroups of the bacteria Neisseria Meningitidis. There are five common subgroups of the bacteria: A, B, C, W and Y. The bacteria have the potential to cause two very significant and serious infections which can present either as meningitis (an infection of the brain) or septicaemia (an infection of the blood stream).

Due to the vaccination programmes that have been introduced, different subgroups have become more prevalent in the community. Those most at risk of infection include those without a spleen and deficiencies in their immune system. Other risk factors include smokers, those living in crowded conditions, children under 2 and adolescents aged between 15-19.

In Australia there are a number of vaccines available against the various subgroups of the bacteria meningitis. The meningococcal C vaccine is included in the childhood vaccination programme and is a two-vaccine programme that offers lifelong immunity. A recent increase in the number of cases of meningitis from subgroups W has lead to the Victorian […]

March 29th, 2018|Clinic News|

National Listeriosis Outbreak

Listeriosis is a type of food poisoning caused by consumption of food that has been contaminated by Listeria bacteria. It is thought to cause around 150 hospitalisations and 15 deaths in Australia every year.

In recent weeks, an outbreak of Listeriosis linked to rockmelons grown in the Riverina area of New South Wales has resulted in two deaths in Victoria and two deaths in New South Wales, plus around 18 hospitalisations in the Eastern states. The contaminated melons were withdrawn from shops and news outlets were prompt to warn people not to eat product they may have at home.

Listeria is widespread in the natural environment and can be found in soil, irrigation water, dirty water and fertilisers.

It generally doesn’t cause any harm if ingested by a healthy person. Certain groups of people are at greater risk of developing listeriosis including:

  • Those aged 70 or older
  • Pregnant women
  • Infants & toddlers
  • Those with weakened or compromised immune systems

Listeriosis infection may present in a healthy individual as a mild ‘flu’ or mild gastroenteritis-type illness. It can take up to a month after ingestion of the contaminated food for symptoms to present. Many people will dismiss […]

March 28th, 2018|Clinic News|

GIMG Summer 2017/18 Newsletter

Download and read our GIMG Summer 2017/2018 Newsletter

March 26th, 2018|Newsletter|

Influenza Vaccines 2018 – Important Information for Patients

Vaccinations for the 2018 influenza (flu) season will shortly be delivered to medical centres and pharmacies across Australia. There are a number of important changes this year, implemented in response to the particularly severe flu season experienced last year.

Why should I get vaccinated against influenza?

  • Influenza affects people of all ages and states of health.
  • Vaccination not only provides protection for yourself but reduces the risk that the people you come into contact with will be infected.
  • Vaccination does not guarantee that you will not get the flu, but provides our greatest protection against the widest circulating virus strains. In Australia, research suggests a 40-50% risk reduction in people who are vaccinated.

Changes affecting patients aged 65 years and over

In 2018, a ‘super’ high-dose vaccine will be provided under the National Immunisation Program for those aged 65 years and over. More than 90% of all flu-related deaths in 2017 affected this age group. This ‘super’ vaccine is a trivalent (three-strain) formulation and has been shown to generate a stronger immune response and provide more effective immunity from influenza in this age group.

This vaccine was specifically […]

March 6th, 2018|Clinic News|