Lets talk about childhood obesity
Did you know that only 1 in 16 children in NSW eat adequate vegetables?
Don't worry I was shocked too! So lets talk about the problem.
In 2017 it was estimated that around 20% of children aged 5 to 16 are overweight or obese in NSW. These children are at an increased risk of carrying excess weight into adulthood and have an increased lifetime risk of chronic illness and premature mortality. Staggeringly high levels of sugar in food and an increasingly sedentary technology obsessed lifestyle has resulted in a drastic increase of childhood obesity prevalence.
The good news is, changing the trajectory for overweight children is possible and requires creating environments at home and school to support healthy eating and active living.
Click here for more information and some tips on how to sustain a healthy lifestyle for your family.
Catch up vaccines for young adults
Did your child miss any school vaccines? Catch up vaccines are funded by the government until the age of 20. Call 97135869 to make your vaccination appointment now.
For more information on missed school vaccines click HERE.
Meningococcal B Vaccine
Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious bacterial infection of the blood and/or brain. Anyone can get it,
but it is most common in infants
less than 1 and people 15-19
years of age. Meningococcal B
is currently not included in
the National Immunisation
Program for children.
Our doctors and the Australian Immunisation Handbook strongly recommend Mengicoccoal B vaccinations for infants and adolescents.
Bexsero is a vaccine that will help protect again Men B and is available and in stock in our practice.
It is given to babies usually at 2, 4, 6 and 12 months.
Please note there is a fee of $130 per dose.
If you have any questions about Bexsero, please do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
Save the date to vaccinate
The NSW government has launched an app to ensure you don't miss any of your children's vaccinations. It is free and easy to use! Click here to find out more or download 'Save the date to vaccinate' on the app store.
Bowel Cancer Screening
1 in 13 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that 90% of cancers can be successfully treated so...don’t wait until it’s too late! Speak to one of our doctors today about bowel cancer screening and early detection.
NSW Health have warned that measles is still about, although the risk has decreased since earlier in 2019.
Please refer to the NSW Health website for details on the most recent reported cases of measles.
The main symptoms of measles include
- Runny nose
- Generally feeling unwell/tired
- Followed 3-4 days later by a non-itchy, spotty rash that starts of the face and neck and spreads to other parts of the body
Measles is one of the most contagious diseases that affects humans and it is spread through the air when an infectious person breathes, coughs or sneezes.
All children born after 1990 have had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine which is 99% effective in protecting against the measles disease.
Please note that children are not vaccinated against measles until 12 months of age.
Most people born before 1966 are likely to have had measles as a child, and are generally considered to be immune. NSW provides free MMR vaccines to people born during or after 1966, who haven’t had measles or two doses of measles vaccine. Contact our reception on 97135869 if you are would like to book in for your free MMR vaccine.
For more information visit the NSW Health Website or visit your doctor to discuss.