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2018 Flu Vaccine & its Myths

Rozelle Medical is now offering all 2018 Flu Vaccines.

You will need to book an appointment with one of our doctors to receive the vaccine. Please be aware there is a $20 fee for the vaccine unless you are eligible for one of the government-funded vaccines.

Flu Vaccine Myths  (also discuss with your doctor!)

Myth: Getting a flu shot every year weakens your immune system.
Fact: The vaccine prepares and boosts your immune system to help fight the virus if you are exposed to it. People who get the flu shot every year are better protected against flu than those who do not get vaccinated.

Myth: The vaccine doesn’t work because I got vaccinated last year and still got the flu
Fact: There are many different strains of flu and one vaccine cannot protect against them all. The vaccine contains the most common strains of flu expected to occur in Australia each year. As these strains may change each year, a person needs to get vaccinated every year to be protected against new strains. The vaccine takes up to two weeks to work. It is important to remember that the vaccine does not contain any ‘live’ strains of the viruses and cannot give you the flu. For those who get the flu, despite being vaccinated, their illness is usually much less severe. There are also many other illnesses that can cause flu-like illnesses. The flu vaccine does not protect against these illnesses. It may also be possible that you caught the flu virus before, or just after, you were vaccinated.

Myth: I cannot have the flu vaccine while I am pregnant
Fact: Flu vaccinations are recommended in all pregnancies.

Myth: It is not necessary to get immunised against the flu every year because previous vaccinations will protect me
Fact: It is important to get re-vaccinated against flu every year as the flu strains can change. New vaccines are made each year based on the strains most likely to be present during the coming flu season. Even if the main flu strains do not change, yearly vaccination is still recommended as immunity from flu vaccination is not long lasting. Quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIV) are available in Australia made by different pharmaceutical companies. QIV contain antigens of four virus strains (two influenza A strains and two influenza B strain).

Myth: The flu vaccine is expensive
Fact: The vaccine is available free of charge for people who are considered at increased risk of complications from the flu, e.g. anyone of any age with a chronic illness, children 6mths – 5yrs, adults > 65yrs. Please check with your doctor or reception to see if you are eligible. For all people not eligible for the free flu vaccine we charge only $20 and it is given by an experienced nurse or doctor.

Myth: The flu is not a serious illness
Fact: The Influenza virus can kill. Every year many people lose their lives due to complications after contracting the flu. Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent it. Annual vaccinations before the onset of each flu season are recommended for all persons > 6mths of age. In Australia our peak season is typically June to September.

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Easter Weekend Opening Hours

Attention Patients

Please be aware our regular opening hours will change over the Easter Long Weekend.

 Thursday 29th of March    8am – 7pm

 Friday 30th of March   9am – 1pm*

 Saturday 31st of April    9am – 1pm*

 Sunday 1st of April    9am – 1pm*

Monday 2nd of April     9am – 1pm*

*Private Billing Applies

 

If you require non-urgent medical attention outside of

these hours please call 000.

For non-urgent appointments, please call the National Home Doctor Service on 13 74 25.

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Skin Cancer Specialist

Do you need a Skin Check?

From the 13th of February 2018 a skin cancer specialist will be joining the team on Tuesdays, Dr Ahmad Hasanien.

Dr Hasanien is a family medical physician who is trained and specialised in skin caner diagnosis and treatment.

He earned his medical degree at the University of Ain Shams in Cairo, Egypt. He completed his advanced clinical certificated in dermoscopy and skin cancer medicine with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia which is in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. This area is known to have one of the highest skin cancer rates in Australia.

From his years of clinical experience, Dr Hasanien understands how easy it is to feel concerned prior to a skin check and become overwhelmed following a skin cancer diagnosis. When you leave his consult, we will make sure you leave with one of the following:

– The all Clear, meaning you have no obvious skin cancer
– One or more lesions that need to be monitored or biopsied to confirm a diagnosis
– Removal of one or more lesions due to its high probability of being a skin cancer

Dr Hasanien will guide your treatment from start to finish and ensure you are comfortable during the process. He will ensure any removals provide the best cosmetic result and are cost effective.

To book in or for more information, please contact reception on 9818 1355.

Please note, Dr Hasanien is a private billing doctor and additional procedural fees may apply.

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Cervical Screening Update

Attention Patients 

As of the 1st of December 2017, Pap Smears will be replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test .

The frequency and age range guidelines for the new screening have changed. To find out how these changes affect you, please book in a consult with one of our general practitioners.

For a list of frequently asked questions, please follow this link.

Holiday Season Opening Hours

Christmas Hours

 

 

Rozelle Medical Centre will continue to open as usual, except for the public holidays which are listed above.

If you require urgent medical attention outside of these hours please call 000.

For non-urgent appointments, please call the National Home Doctor Service on 13 74 25.

The Rozelle Medical Centre team wishes our patients and their families a safe and prosperous holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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As of Saturday the 30th of September, all appointments on the Weekend will be Privately Billed.
If eligible, a Medicare rebate can be claimed and processed by our receptionists on your behalf.
Pension Card Holders, Health Care Card Holders and Children will be be eligible for a Reduced Gap Fee. For a full price list, please visit our practice fee section.

 

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Flu Vaccine 2017

Get Your Flu Shot Here


The 2017 Flu Vaccine is now available at Rozelle Medical Centre.

This year’s vaccine will be the new 4 strain (quadrivalent) vaccine for the cost of $25.00.

Please make an appointment with our nurse or walk in for your annual flu vaccination as limited stock is available.

Flu vaccines can be administered on any day but preferably at times listed below when our dedicated nurses are on:
Monday & Tuesday: 9am – 4:30pm

For more information please read the Immunize Australia Program

 

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My Health Record

Rozelle Medical Centre has begun to assist patients signing up for My Health Record, a NSW Government initiative.

My Health Record in a national digital health record system. This means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test or scan reports can be digitally available in one place.

Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff may be able to see it online from anywhere, at any time, allowing you to get the best possible treatments in times of need, like an accident or emergency.

If you are interested in signing up, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to the reception staff, nurse or doctors at Rozelle Medical Centre!

City2Surf 2016

Big congratulations to all staff at Sydney Specialist Suites and Rozelle Medical Center for completing this years City2Surf!

We were blown away by the whopping $90 000 the Black Dog Institute raised from City2Surf.

Together we have helped create awareness and remove the stigma from mental illness. We are incredibly grateful.
It was a beautifully sunny day full of laughter and some aching muscles but we loved every moment.
Bring on 2017.
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