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INFLUENZA VACCINE 

Flu vaccine is now available

Please phone to make a nurse appointment

www.fightflu.co.nz

www.workinghealth.co.nz/all-your-flu-vaccine-questions-answered-here/

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PATIENT PORTAL

Accession Patient Portal is now available.

A patient portal is an easy, safe and convenient way for you to manage more of your own health care.

Use your online portal to book appointments with your GP, request a repeat prescription or update your contact phone number or address.

With a secure password, you can log into your patient portal and manage it in your own time – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – from wherever you happen to be.

Ask at reception to register for a Patient Portal Account.


COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Te Puke Intermediate School students participate in the “Kiwi Can” School Programme.  This involves weekly class lessons and an annual community project – both are aimed at having an impact and making a difference to each individual.
Room 11 students chose Te Puke Medical Centre as part of their annual community project.    To show their appreciation they presented us with a yummy ‘home-made’ morning tea as a thank you for our community involvement.
A big thank you to Nicola, Hine, Harleen, Teah, Safari, Summer, Baljot, Eleesha, Brooke, Charlize, Tiffiny, Angel, Atea, Olivia G, Stevie-Lee, Olivia D, Isabelle, Alana M, Isabelle and Layla.


 

“STOPTOBER CAMPAIGN” – STOP SMOKING CAMPAIGN

Stop smoking for 28 days and you’re five times more likely to stop for good. There are lots of free support tools from apps to packs – we have all the help you need.

Sign up for the Stoptober challenge


FREE Breast Screening for women aged 45 – 69 years

Te Puke has had a wonderful response to the FREE Breast Screening service that was being held in the mobile van in Commerce Lane, Te Puke earlier this year.

FREE Breast Screening is available at Bay Radiology at Mt Maunganui (near Bayfair) or in Tauranga.

Contact or phone us to ensure you are enrolled with BreastScreen Aotearoa – 5739 511 or Freephone 0800 270 200.

Early detection is your BEST protection.


Whooping cough (Pertussis)

A free whooping cough vaccine is now available to all pregnant women to help protect their newborn babies from this serious disease.   The ongoing whooping cough outbreak has resulted in Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service being notified of 283 people with whooping cough in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts during 2012,  with 16 people requiring hospitalisation.   Of these 283 people, 25 were babies aged one year and under and 34 were young children aged from one to four years old.   So far this year another 21 cases of whooping cough have been notified to Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service.   Babies under one year old who get whooping cough are most at risk of serious complications and more likely to need hospitalisation.

Whooping cough can be a very serious disease for young babies.   During this ongoing outbreak of whooping cough we strongly recommend that pregnant women get immunised to help protect their new born baby from whooping cough.   Having a whooping cough booster during pregnancy reduces the risk of mums developing whooping cough and passing the infection on.   In addition, mothers will pass on some immunity to their baby.   When pregnant women get vaccinated, not only are they helping to protect their own health, they’re helping to protect their baby too.

Immunisations given on time , every time is the best way to proviide ongoing protection for babies through childhood.   Whooping cough immunisations should be given when a baby is 6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months old and boosters are given to children at 4 years and 11 years of age.

From 1 January 2013 and until the outbreak finishes, all pregnant women can get a free whooping cough vaccine between 28 and 38 weeks of pregnancy from their GP.

Other adults in contact with infants should consider having a whooping cough booster too.   There is a charge for this.

Contact your GP or  nurse to discuss further.   For more information visit www.ttophs.govt.nz


Some of our Past “Winning” Promotions
Immunisation DriveTe Puke Medical Centre staff want to help lift rates of immunisation for common diseases around the area.
We are part of the  Western Bay of Plenty programme designed to reverse the area’s poor record on vaccinating, particularly children.In 2008, only 72 per cent of two year olds in the Bay of Plenty area were fully vaccinated and last year that had risen to 77 per cent,according to the BOP Medical Officer of Health Dr Jim Miller, who wants a 95 per cent immunisation rate.Anyone concerned about their child contracting whooping cough or measles; or needing vaccination against tetanus, HPV and Influenza can talk to anyone dressed in the T shirts, or ring our practice on 573 9511 to discuss their needs.
All the vaccinations are available at our practice and the nurses and doctors can discuss any inquiries.Many patients over 65 years old and those suffering certain types of illness, are entitled to free flu vaccines but talk to the nurse when making an appointment.Te Puke Medical Centre  has a Ministry of Health produced  DVD available to lend out to our patients – “Immunise your Children” – in three versions: All audiences – Maori – Pacific
This DVD on immunisation is directed at expectant or first time parents.  It may also be used for school and community groups for immunisation education and/or information.
This resource provides guidance for parents and caregivers as they make an informed decision about immunisation for their child.   It also provides information on immunisation to a wider audience.   An educators’ guideis included inside the case.