Flu vaccines now available
Did you know that children under 5 are one of the groups at greatest risk of contracting influenza? You can help protect your children and family against the flu by getting the annual flu vaccination.
The 2018 flu vaccine is now in stock and available at Illawarra Medical Centre.
To book an appointment, go to our online bookings page or contact us on (08) 9208 6400.
You can also read our latest blog on the impact of influenza on our kids and how best to prevent the spread of disease here>>
Meningococcal on the rise in WA
There has been a dramatic increase in cases of meningococcal in WA over the last 2 years, with 46 cases reported in 2017 compared to 23 in 2016.
Download our Fact Sheet on Meningococcal to find out more about the disease and how best to prevent it.
Illawarra's Dr Alan Leeb develops smart system to monitor immunisation reactions
In response to adverse reactions to the 2010 flu vaccine, Illawarra Medical Centre's principal GP, Dr Alan Leeb, devised the SmartVax system, which texts a patient or parent of a child who has had a vaccination to ask if they have had a reaction to the jab.
SmartVax is unique in that it uses SMS and smartphone technology to actively monitor vaccine safety in real time, something that had previously not been done in Australia.
Since its launch in 2014, SmartVax has seen increasing take up by health professionals across Australia and the program is used by the Illawarra Medical Centre for monitoring vaccine safety with patients who have recently had any vaccinations or immunisations.
For more information about the program, visit the SmartVax website.
To read Dr Alan Leeb's profile, click here . . .