Newsletter July 2019- Measles update

Newsletter July 2019- Measles update

Posted on Jul 2, 2019

We have had an influx of queries about the measles vaccine for our younger patients and also from many of you who are older. Nurse Jill has put some information together for you and your loved ones to help decide if vaccination is something you need to consider.

We have an update from Dr Tamsin as she joins Dr Julia in offering IUD insertions.

Many of you have now had the flu vaccine which is great but we still need to be practising good hygiene to stay healthy. The poster at the end of the newsletter is a recap of all the sensible things we can do to stay well, check it out!



With measles outbreaks in many places around the world, the current recommendation is that babies over 6 months of age that will be travelling to highly endemic areas and during outbreaks should have the measles vaccine. Early measles vaccination is not funded but is something to be considered in the current climate.

For those staying closer to home, rest assured are children routinely get vaccinated at 12 and 18 months.

If you are an adult born after 1966 and are not sure whether you have had two measles vaccines you may be eligible for a *free vaccination.  If you’re unsure, talk to your GP or Practice Nurse to discuss.



Intra-Uterine Devices (IUD) provide reliable contraception for women of all ages who wish to prevent pregnancy. There is no rule about how old you are if you have not had kids if you have not had a vaginal birth. Basically, if you want one, we can do it.

You need to see either Dr Julia or myself (Tamsin) for a consultation as there are a lot of pros and cons (mostly pros, TBH) to discuss, plus time, pain relief, cost, getting a script…also, check out our website as I have made a brilliant (cough cough) video explaining a fair bit.

The progesterone coated Mirena also reduces menstrual flow so is a great choice for women who want reversible long term contraception with something that will allow maintenance of normal iron levels. Great for vegans and vegetarians, people who travel a lot, those who love sport, women who don’t love bleeding every month.

The Mirena is also the best choice for perimenopausal women who struggle with the shortened menstrual cycle and erratic bleeding. It will continue through to the menopause where if you wish to manage flashing, it can be combined with the oestrogen patch to give low-risk hormone supplementation.

Multiload is good if you absolutely don’t want any hormonal management. You will find your periods are heavier, and it is slightly more awkward to insert, but otherwise it is a great choice.

Breast cancer and the Mirena IUD. If you have had breast cancer in the last 5 years, you should not have a Mirena. Having a family history or past history is not actually a contraindication.

Julia and I have done training through Family Planning Victoria, here is their info. They are also awesome. Family Planning Vic.