Updates from the Practice Team

Coronavirus – Practice Changes

Mar 25 2020

Due to the situation created by Coronavirus and the nationwide lockdown, we have had to make changes to how we run our practice.

The Ministry of Health have instructed all medical centres to reduce the number of face-to-face consults significantly, so we will be offering phone consults for patients where appropriate.  We are hoping to offer video consults shortly.  These consults will be charged at a normal consultation price.  

If you already have appointments booked during the lockdown period you will be contacted before your appointment.  If you need to be seen, we will make arrangements for you to come in.

Flu clinics will go ahead, but will be run differently than previous years.  You will be advised of the process when you arrive at your appointment.  Currently all flu clinics are full, but we will offer more clinics when we get enough vaccines.

Our phone lines are very busy, so please leave a message if we don’t answer and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

This is an incredibly stressful and uncertain time for everyone and we are working hard to look after our patients. 

If you do have any questions about the Coronavirus, remember ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Mar 06 2020

If you think you are at risk of having Coronavirus, please do not come in to the practice. Stay at home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453, or phone the practice.

Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

Official information from the Ministry of Health is available at https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus which has up to date information. Refer to this for advice on isolation, personal hygiene and other information.

Funded Meningitis Vaccine

Dec 04 2019

The meningococcal ACWY vaccine (Menactra) is now available at no charge to patients aged 13-25 years that live in close-living situations.  Close-living situations includes boarding school hostels, tertiary education halls of residence, military barracks or prisons.

Contact the practice if you or a family member meet this criteria and you wish to take advantage of the fully funded vaccine.

Please note that this vaccine does not provide protections against meningococcal B, but protects against meningococcal A, C, W and Y.

Free Skin Check Clinic - 9th November

Oct 30 2019

Our annual Skin Check Clinic is happening on Saturday 9th November between 10am - 12pm.

Drop-In clinic for enrolled patients only.

Skin cancers are the most common form of cancers in New Zealand and the incidence of melanoma skin cancer is among the highest in the world.  Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, not just on exposed places with more than 300 New Zealanders dying every year from skin cancer. 

We are offering free skin checks, supported by Tu Ora Compass health and the Cancer Society. This is a great opportunity for Kapiti locals to have moles, freckles or lesions checked free of charge.

Measles Update

Sep 10 2019

There have been over 1100 confirmed cases in New Zealand this year, with the majority of cases occurring in the last month.  Most cases have occurred in Auckland, with only 21 confirmed cases in the Wellington region.

If you think you have measles or have been in contact with a confirmed case of measles, please call us first before coming in. 

If you are enrolled at our practice and not immunised, please make an appointment to come in for the MMR immunisation.  Please do not walk in for measles immunisation (MMR) without an appointment.  

Infants can get their first MMR vaccination at 15 months, with the second dose at 4 years.  When you immunise your child, you're also protecting the people around them, including those who can’t be immunised themselves.

People aged 50 years and over are considered immune as measles used to be very common so they most likely developed natural immunity during their childhoods before the vaccine was developed.

For those under 50, they have usually been immunised depending on which country they grew up in. Measles vaccines were introduced in NZ in 1969, in the UK in 1968, in South Africa in 1975, USA in 1968, Canada in 1970, in Australia in 1969, Ireland in 1985, China in 1963. Korea in 1965, Hong Kong in 1967, Singapore 1976, Fiji 1982, India 1985.

One dose of the vaccine protects 95 people out of a 100 ie 95%. A second dose gives protection to another 3-4 people out of 100.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is there an outbreak?

There are a few reasons:

  • Measles is a highly infectious disease, one of the most infectious known. It is estimated that each person with measles will infect 15 others who are not immunised.
  • If someone gets measles, they are infectious 5 days before they even realise it is measles. The first 5 days it looks like an ordinary bad case of flu. The rash only comes out after day 5. So they can infect many people during this period
  • Those they infect only get sick 10 to 14 days later, so there is a lag where many cases develop unseen and in turn each person will infect others before they develop a rash.
  • A country needs 95% coverage to stop measles from spreading. This is called “herd immunity”. In some areas of New Zealand only 60% of people are immunised.
  • There are several reasons why the immunisation rate is so low in some areas such as access issues (time off work, transport), poverty, inequities, health literacy, and fear of side effects of vaccines
  • There is a prominent internet presence of those who believe vaccines are dangerous, fueled by information that is scientifically incorrect.
  • Immunisation rates have dropped in many other countries, primarily because of the anti-vaccine movement, and visitors from overseas can arrive by plane carrying the virus.
  • Those under 40 or 50 years old mostly grew up in a world where measles was very rare (post vaccinations) and have had no experience of the devastating effects of infection.

Can my baby have their MMR at 6 months?

Ministry is not recommending routine measles vaccines at 6-12 months unless your baby has been exposed to an active case of measles during the infectious period (5 days before the rash came out and 5 days afterwards)or will be traveling to a country with an active outbreak. This is because the MMR is only about 75% effective at 6 months of age, and we will need to give a total of three jabs if the first one is given at less than 12 months.


Is the measles vaccine (MMR) free?

Measles vaccine (MMR) immunisations are funded for NZ residents and those eligible for funded medical treatments.


I/my child have been told I have been in contact with an active case of measles during their infectious period (5 days before the rash came out, and 5 days afterwards)

If you are NOT immunized:

You need to enter into quarantine from 7 days after the first day you were in contact with the case, and stay in quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with the infected person ie a full two weeks. After your quarantine period is over and you remain well, please book in for an immunisation.

IF YOUR CHILD THAT HAS HAD A MEASLES CONTACT DURING THE INFECTIOUS PERIOD IS LESS THAN ONE YEAR OLD OR IS IMMUNOCOMPROMISED (have a weak immune system eg have cancer, on immunosupressant treatment such as chemotherapy, oral steroids etc) PLEASE CALL US FOR ADVICE.

If you ARE immunized:

You are safe, you cannot spread the illness to others, and do not need to enter into quarantine.


My doctor has said I may have measles. What do I do?

Unfortunately there is no specific treatment for measles. Here is some more information about this illness. Things that can help are bed rest in a quiet dark room, paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain/fever, drinking lots of fluids, wiping the eyes gently with wet cotton wool or a soft facecloth. If you have concerns about these symptoms please call us, do not break quarantine:

·         trouble breathing

·         stiff neck

·         feeling drowsy or you cannot wake them up

·         coughing up green or yellow thick mucous

·         back pain

·         sore ears

·         having a fit (seizure)

·         not passing urine for 10 hours.


How dangerous is measles?

Thankfully nobody has died yet during this outbreak. Measles has a mortality rate of 1-2/1000 people infected. 1/10 people infected will need hospital admission for complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis. Babies and small children with lowered immunity have a 50% mortality from measles. In the 1991 outbreak of measles in NZ, there were around 7000 cases of measles and 7 deaths.


I have heard that the measles vaccine (MMR) causes autism

Years ago there was a paper published claiming the MMR caused autism, which has since been found to be untrue and withdrawn, and the author Dr Wakefield was found guilty of ethical, medical, and scientific misconduct and his medical license was cancelled. Additional studies showed that the data presented were fraudulent. There is no evidence that this vaccine causes autism


I have heard that the measles vaccine (MMR) contains mercury

The MMR does not contain mercury.


I am pregnant/trying to get pregnant. Can I have the measles vaccine (MMR)?

Unfortunately it is not safe to have this vaccine whilst you are pregnant, or if you are not using contraception and may be pregnant. This is because the vaccine is a weakened live virus and will pass to the fetus and may cause harm. We recommend that you use contraception for a month and have a negative pregnancy test before we give you this vaccine. In addition, we recommend that you do not fall pregnant for one month after this vaccine is given.


I am on immunosupressant medication. Can I have the vaccine?

No this virus is a weakened live virus and may harm you if you are on any of these medications.


Flu Vaccine Shortages

Jun 11 2019

Due to a nationwide shortage we are completely out of flu vaccinations.  There has been increased national demand in patients wanting the flu vaccine this year, so the annual supply has been used.  

There has not been any confirmation from the Ministry of Health or Pharmac that there will be more stock made available this year.

We will update this website if we receive more vaccines.


Travel Medicals now available

May 14 2019

We now offer travel medicals to patients travelling overseas.  At the consultation we will provide advice and information on how to remain healthy whilst you are away, as well as providing any relevant vaccinations or preventative medications for your trip.

We recommend you have this 30 minute appointment organised several weeks before you travel.  The cost is $80, plus the cost for any relevant vaccinations.

A travel questionnaire needs to be completed and returned to us at least two days before your appointment.   For a copy of the questionnaire pop in or email reception@paraparaumumedical.nz

Flu vaccines are available now!

Apr 04 2019

We will be running flu clinics on the following dates: Tuesday 16 April, Thursday 18 April, Friday 26th April, Tuesday 30th April, Wednesday 1st May, Friday 3rd May and Tuesday 7th May. Please phone reception to book in to one of the flu clinics, if these days don't suit then we are happy to fit you in on a day that suits.

The flu vaccine is $35, and free for over 65s and pregnant woman.

We are also providing Zostavax, a vaccination against shingles.  If you are aged between 65-80 years, this is fully funded.  If you wish to have this vaccine at the same time you have your flu shot, please let reception know when booking an appointment.

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