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Preventative care

Summerdale Home Image5Many illnesses can be prevented or detected early by regular checks with your Doctor and the use of simple screening tests. Some preventative checkups such as cervical smears and diabetes are scheduled regularly and you will be sent a reminder when these checks are due. If you do not want these reminders please advise the reception staff.

Summerdale Medical Practice uses the following guidelines for check ups:

Children

General checks: Should be performed at 2 weeks (optional), 6 weeks, 12 months and 18 months to check for such problems as feeding problems, squints, hip dislocations and slow development. A detailed 4 year old check is also
now recommended and funded through a specific Medicare rebate –  healthy kid check

Immunisations: All Government funded immunisations are available. The schedule changes regularly and your Doctor will keep you informed of changes. You can check your child’s status by phoning 1800 653 809. Please note Tetanus boosters are also available when required.

National Immunisation Schedule

Birth Hep B
6 weeks Infanrix Hexa (DTPa/Hib/Hep B/IPV), Prevenar (13vPCV), Rotarix (Rotavirus – oral vaccine)
4 months (must be done at least 8 weeks post 6 week immunisation) Infanrix Hexa (DTPa/Hib/Hep B/IPV), Prevenar (13vPCV), Rotarix (Rotavirus – oral vaccine)
6 months Infanrix Hexa (DTPa/Hib/Hep B/IPV), Prevenar ((13vPCV)
12 months Priorix or M-M-R II (MMR),Menitorix (Hib/Men C)
18 months Priorix-Tetra (MMRV)
3 1/2 to 4 years Infanrix IPV (DTPa/IPV), Priorix or M-M-R II (MMR)
Grade 7 Boostrix (dTpa), Gardasil (HPV) (3 doses at 0, 2 and 6 months), Varilrix or Varivax (if no prior history)

Adults

Weight: Should be recorded annually. Obesity is a major health risk contributing to many diseases e.g. heart disease, diabetes, arthritis.

Blood pressure: Should be checked at least every 2 years until 50 years and annually thereafter.

Cholesterol: All adults should have their cholesterol checked every 5 years and more frequently if it is above the recommended maximum of 4 mmol/L.

Adult Assessments supported by a specific Medicare rebate