Shingles Prevention Zostavax is now available as a cost free PBS vaccination for 70—79 yo for the prevention of shingles and reduction of the subsequent complication of painful post herpetic neuralgia following shingles. It is available to any 70-79 yo who is not suffering any immune compromise or been previously vaccinated for chickenpox. It is given regardless of previous chicken pox exposure , illness although previous shingles must be more than 12 months ago. It is beneficial to approximately 2 out of 3 who are vaccinated — for around 5 years
If you have a chronic disease / illness or carrying medication obtain a doctor’s letter or summary to assist any doctor you may need to consult on your travels or as an explanation for customs officials or police. See your GP for travel and immunization advice at least 6 weeks prior to departure Treat wounds , bites or scratches promptly with an agent like betadine or topical antibiotic ointment to reduce the risk of tropical ulcers. Carry spare spectacles / contact lenses or hearing aids and batteries if used regularly • Carry sunscreen , inset repellant ? anti-malarials • Hat...read more
Dr. Colin Duncan has announced his intention to retire from general practice December 2016. It is 16 years since he left rural Euroa to join our semi rural practice. We wish him well in retirement and his increasing responsibilities as a grandfather. Dr. Vivian D’Souza is welcomed to our practice. He has worked as a rural GP and apart from family medicine has special interests in children and skin diseases.
Dr Wes Jame
Meta analysis of 6 prospective studies involving138,000 patients showed patients with a high level of strain in their job were associated with a 22% increase in the risk of stroke. A high strain job was defined as one with high demand but low control. The effect was more prominent in women and activity or passivity in the job had no impact on outcome.
Diabetes facts More than 1.1 million Australians suffer from diabetes ( 85 % have type 2 diabetes ) Only I in 4 adult diabetics achieve an HbA1c of less than 7 % The risk of diabetes complications is much less if HbA1c is below 7%. Cardiovascular risk for women Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women – affecting 1 in 5. The risk factors of diabetes , raised cholesterol , and hypertension have greater impact and are more prevalent in women than men.