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Flu Vaccine Season

A Flu Vaccination is recommended in autumn to allow time for immunity to be strengthened before the flu season starts.

The 2012 seasonal influenza vaccine contains the same influenza strains used in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Although the influenza strains are unchanged, annual vaccination is recommended because immunity to influenza immunity decreases over time and vaccination is needed each year to ensure you continue to be protected.

Each year, the flu vaccine will protect against the three strains of flu virus which are most likely to circulate over the winter period. The 2012 seasonal flu vaccine protects against the same strains as the 2011 vaccine as they remain the most likely to occur here this winter. While the vaccine is the same, it is still important to get it again this year.

Even if you received a flu vaccination towards the end of the last flu season, you should still be vaccinated again before this flu season.


E –Health: National Personal Electronic Health Record

The Australian Government is introducing a national personally controlled electronic health record system.

2012 brings more changes, which should improve health care delivery with the national personal electronic health record, which patients can elect to register for in July 2012.

Our Practice has been chosen by the Improvement Foundation as a lead Practice for a National E Health Collaborative. This will ensure a smooth transition in July 2012

CSMC is ensuring we are well up to speed with the changes so we can transition to this easily and we would encourage you to register in July 2012. It will ensure the Health System can communicate in a coordinated fashion and will improve continuity of care. You can choose with the GP of your choice what information is uploaded to a central record which then can be accessed by nominated Doctors of your choice.


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Inside Radiology website resource

Collins Street Medical Centre would like to recommend the following website Inside Radiology -

It is an excellent and easy to use website containing information about radiology tests and procedures for health consumers and health professionals.

It has been developed by Australasian Radiologists and other expert health professionals, including General Practitioners, with input from consumers.


New and improved pneumococcal vaccine

Pneumococcal disease is the name of a range of illnesses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can cause blood and brain infections such as meningitis.Childhood immunisations - pneumococcal vaccine

A new and improved pneumococcal vaccine is now available. The pneumococcal vaccine is routinely given at 2, 4 and 6 months and from 1 July 2011 the new vaccine called Prevenar 13® has been used in Victoria.