June Newsletter – The Importance of Meningococcal Vaccinations

June Newsletter – The Importance of Meningococcal Vaccinations

Posted on Jun 24, 2020

In this edition of the Turn The Corner newsletter, we hear from Nurse Petra about the importance of Meningococcal vaccinations for your children. We also have some exciting news about additional appointment types now able to be booked online, to save you time.

The importance of Meningococcal vaccinations

     Here at Turn The Corner we offer a range of vaccines that parents can choose to purchase in addition to their child’s scheduled vaccines. Every vaccine is as important as each other. One of the optional vaccines we offer is called Bexsero, and it protects against Meningococcal B.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious and life-threatening infection caused by a bacterium known as Neisseria Meningitidis. There are 13 different strains which can cause disease with A, B, C, W and Y being the most predominant.
The frequency of Meningococcal disease in Australia and the predominant strains naturally fluctuate year to year and from state to state.
Recent Meningococcal data is as follows:

  • Under 2-year olds and adolescents aged 15-24 years had the highest incidence of Men B.
  • Men B disease was reported in all age groups.
  • Since 2014, notification rates of invasive meningococcal disease have increased as the number of infections caused by serogroups B, W and Y have increased.
  • From July 2018, the Australian National Immunisation Program was updated to include infant vaccinations against meningococcal serogroups A, C, W and Y – but not B.
Meningococcal disease is spread easily through every day behaviours such as coughing, sneezing, kissing and living in close quarters. Approximately 10% of the general population will carry the bacteria at some time without falling unwell however in a small number of people the bacteria can develop into disease.
The symptoms of meningococcal disease can start very mild with similar symptoms to a cold or the flu. This can progress very rapidly into the following:
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Fever and chills
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stiff neck
  • Rapid breathing
  • A dark purple rash
  • Sensitivity to light

Turn The Corner stocks Bexsero to protect against Meningococcal B and this is recommended for anyone who wants protection from Meningococcal disease caused by this strain. For children under 4 years of age, Paracetamol is recommended 30 minutes prior to vaccination followed by another 2 doses at 4-6 hourly intervals.
If you have any further questions regarding how you can best protect your family please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor.

Additional Appointment types added to our HotDoc booking system!

     We have updated our HotDoc online booking system so you can now book appointments with our nurse as well as our doctors. This means that moving forward you can book in your 6 week post-partum check with your favourite doctor, and then the 6 week immunisations (and future child immunisations) with our Nurse. HotDoc saves you time by allowing you to book appointments for yourself and your family faster and more efficiently, and helps us to ensure we have accurate information about you on our system to offer the best possible care. You can click on the image below to see the new appointment options on HotDoc!

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