If you are not sure if you have received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine you should have a booster dose. The number of measles cases worldwide has increased substantially, tragically with over 55 deaths in Tonga and over 1000 cases in New Zealand.
Measles is a serious, highly contagious, viral illness that is easily spread through the air when an infectious person coughs, sneezes or breathes.
The MMR booster is free for Australians born after 1965, and two doses provides lifelong protection against the disease. People born after 1994 will be fully vaccinated through the National Immunisation Program and people born before 1966 were most likely exposed as a child and are considered immune.
Pap Smears have changed
The Cervical Screening Test (CST) has replaced the Pap test. The procedure to collect the test remains essentially the same but the CST is more effective than the Pap test because it detects HPV (human papillomavirus). HPV is a common infection that may lead to cervical cancer.
The good news is that it is just as safe to have a CST every 5 years as it was to have a Pap Smear every 2 years
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers with routine cervical screening. Screening starts at age 25 and can stop after age 74. You should still have screening even if you have received the HPV vaccines.
Contact us to book your appointment if you think you are due for a test.
Dr Chris Lee has joined our Practice.
Dr Chris J Lee graduated from the University of NSW in 2012 and from there gained a wide experience in General Practice, training in tropical Far North Queensland and working in remote Northern Territory, South West Sydney and Surry Hills. In 2018, he spent a year working voluntarily in Cambodia, treating patients from rural provinces and directly supervising a team of Cambodian junior doctors and family practice trainees.
Chris is a regular tutor for the Macquarie University medical program and exam writer for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).