For the next one year, the Shingles vaccine has been made available FREE to patients between the ages of 65 and 80. Whilst the TV advertisements for this vaccine advise patients that it may be given at the same time as the flu vaccine, they do not disclose further important information.
A Shingles Vaccination requires a separate form to fill out – this form does have some complex questions on it that will take our nurses some time to check through carefully. It is for this reason that we have decided not to offer this vaccine at the same time as the flu vaccine.
This means that at the time of the flu vaccine, patients requesting the Shingles vaccine will be given the Shingles Vaccination Consent Form to take home with them to fill out and then make an appointment to come back in for the form to be checked and the vaccine to be given.
Some patients will not be able to receive the vaccine if they suffer from some illnesses or are on certain medications, which is the reason why we need to take time to ensure that the vaccine is only administered appropriately.
HPV is a very common virus that most sexually active people will come into contact with at some stage of their lives. HPV infection can go on to cause cervical, vaginal, vulval, anal, penile and throat cancers. Gardasil is an HPV vaccine that immunises against a number of the HPV’s . Its now available FREE to both boys and girls aged 9-26 years.
Please contact the surgery for details or to make a booking with the nurse.
Advance care planning is a way to help you think about, talk about and share your thoughts and wishes about your future health care. It is focused on and involves both you and the health care professionals responsible for your care. It can also involve your whanau/family and/carers if that is your wish.
Now is the best time to consider taking part in advance care planning conversations before you become seriously ill. Planning will help you and those around you understand what is important to you and what treatment and care you would like. You can set out what you want or hope for in an advance care plan. You should keep your advance care plan up to date, especially if things change. The value of advance care planning is in the conversations and shared understanding. Recording your choices or wishes is voluntary. It is a good idea and will make it easier for those important to you and your healthcare providers to use this information to decide what treatment and care you would want if you could not tell them yourself.
Want to know more?
Talk to your GP or other healthcare professionals about the medical choices you might have in the future. Ask our staff for a copy of the Advance Care Plan and Guide.
You can also find further information about advance care planning by visiting: www.advancecareplanning.org.nz
Click here if you would like to download view or print off a copy of an Advance Care Plan and Guide.