Meningococcal B Disease
Meningococcal disease can cause death or permanent disability, such as deafness.
It can affect anyone – but it’s more common in children under the age of five. They are at the most risk, Also we need to be aware that it can also other ages. Students in their ﬁrst year of tertiary education living in hostel accommodation may also be at higher risk.
Most New Zealanders are not currently protected against Meningococcal B.
How is it spread? Meningococcal bacteria are difficult to catch as they don’t live for very long outside of the body. They pass from one person to another through secretions from the nose or throat, for example by coughing or sneezing, but it usually needs to be quite close or prolonged contact. It is more likely to spread among people living in the same house or who are in very close contact with each other (including intimate kissing). There are some factors that may put people at higher risk of developing meningococcal disease, for example living in overcrowded housing. Basic steps like covering your nose or mouth when you sneeze or cough, and washing and drying your hands can help reduce the chance of spreading the bacteria.
Around 10 to 20% of people will carry the bacteria without ever becoming ill.
Meningococcal vaccination can be given from age 6 weeks, however it is not yet a funded vaccine.
Travelling Overseas with Medications.
Many popular travel destinations have hard rules surrounding travelling with common medications considered legal in New Zealand. For the majority of people if carrying your usual medications and they are in the original container supplied from the pharmacy with your name on it (being the same as your passport) you will be fine. Some medications require a medical letter if carrying over 90 days supply, or carrying opiates, controlled drugs, needles or syringes for medications. Inability to supply this evidence can result in harsh consequences, often of which your travel insurance will not cover.
See the article below to find out if you need to see your doctor prior to travelling…
Importing Drugs from Overseas
Things you need to know
1: I have found an overseas website advertising a prescription medicine. Can I order it?
It is illegal to import a prescription medicine without reasonable excuse. If you wish to import this medicine you will need to provide Medsafe with an original signed prescription or letter from a New Zealand doctor.
The quantity must not exceed 3 months supply for prescription medicines (with the exception of oral contraceptives which can be supplied in 6 months quantities).
Please discuss this with your doctor first and get the prescription at this time. For some patients taking other medications there could be contra-indications in taking these medications and you may have already paid for these.
2: I have found a herbal medicine or supplement for sale over the internet. Can I order it?
If the product does not contain a prescription medicine it may be imported without restriction. Be aware that some herbal products or supplements may be classified as prescription medicines in New Zealand. Some examples are Melatonin, DHEA and Yohimbine
If in doubt ask your GP first.
Metvix is a cream which is activated by daylight for the treatment of sunspots on the face and /or scalp.
It works by destroying pre-cancerous cells by preventing them from growing or multiplying. It does this with the help of daylight exposure. This is why the treatment session will be schedule for a day where you are able to stay comfortably outdoors, exposed to daylight, for two hours.
Any further information or if you would like to discuss this treatment please make an appointment with Dr Rob Hilligan.
Movember is a leading charity changing the face of men’s health. They address some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
They realize what works for men and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. Movember is independent of government funding, so they can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. In 15 years they ’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.
By 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
Due to the added time taken outside of consultations to compose referral letters we are having to charge a small fee for doing these.
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