|AVOCA STREET MEDICAL CENTRE|
|130 Avoca Street Randwick NSW 2031|
Tel: 02 9399 3335 - Fax: 02 9399 9778
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Dr. Priscilla Wong
2009 Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
2007 Diploma in Child Health (Westmead Hospital)
2007 Certificate in Sexual Health and Family Planning (FPA)
2010 Diploma in Practical Dermatology (With Distinction) (Cardiff University)
2012 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (Distinction Av.) (NSW Institute of Psychiatry)
2012 - 2015 Examiner RACGP Fellowship Examinations
2019 Certified Health Informatician Australia
2019 Fellow Australian Society of Lifestyle Medicine
2010 - present Accredited Antenatal Shared Care Provider (Royal Hospital for Women)
|NOTICE DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC|
In order to improve the safety of the community, of our patients and of our staff during the Coronavirus pandemic, Avoca Street Medical Centre will need to implement some temporary changes to our general practice services. Telephone consults are available and preferred.
After Hours 13 74 25
Zostavax - Shingles Vaccine
The shingles vaccine, Zostavax®, has been approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), to be provided free of charge from 1 November 2016 to people aged 70 years, subject to vaccine supply. There will also be a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years.
What is Shingles?
Shingles is a painful rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus which is the same virus that causes chickenpox.
The shingles rash develops into itchy blisters usually occurring on one side of the body either on the face, chest, back, abdomen or pelvis, and can take several weeks to settle.
Around 1 in 100 Australians who are older than 50, are thought to have had shingles at some stage.
If you have had chickenpox in the past, the virus stays in the nerve cells near the spine, but is not active. Shingles occurs when the virus becomes active again.
You cannot catch shingles from someone who has shingles. But, if you have not had chickenpox you can catch chickenpox by being in direct contact with fluid on the blisters of someone who has shingles.
Almost all people have had chickenpox by the time they turn 40 and may be at risk of developing shingles. Sometimes shingles can occur with no known trigger. However, shingles is more likely to occur if you:
Over-the counter medications such as paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, can be used for pain relief. If over-the-counter medicines aren’t controlling your pain, your doctor may prescribe other medicines such as opioids, anti-depressants and anticonvulsants .
Click here for further information from immunise.health.gov.au
The information in the above were collected from the internet,
either from government websites or from reasonably reliable health information sources.
They are for general information only and should not replace the need of seeking medical care during illnesses.