Like I said in the previous entry; different country means different requirements.  In the case of immunization, there are additional jabs that Iris needs to take although she has fulfilled all the immunization recorded in her health card in Malaysia.  Up to date vaccination is vital for school requirement, and the details will be kept by the council.  Seeing a GP in Melbourne is nothing like in Malaysia.  Here, we need to set an appointment, turn up at the exact time at the clinic, see the GP, obtain medical prescription from the GP and with the prescription, purchase the medicine at the pharmacy.  The consultation fees will be covered by the health insurance, however the purchase of medicine must come from our own pocket.

On Monday, we went to Roxburgh Park Superclinic to obtain the details of Iris’ immunization.  It is located at 101 Ravenhill Boulevard, Roxburgh Park, Vic 3064.  Having being informed several times about the importance of getting the jabs (no matter how much she dreads it), Iris was mentally prepared to receive the needles.  See the smile?

Budak yang tak sabar nak kena cucuk... :)

Budak yang tak sabar nak kena cucuk… 🙂

The required documents during the visit to GP - must also include passport for photo ID.

The required documents during the visit to GP – must also include passport for photo ID.

The GP is none other Dr. Abdul Rahaman Pozan (also from Kuching).  Apparently Iris still requires two jabs (for rubella and for some other illnesses which I can’t recall) – to be given on another day once we get hold of the medicine. Apart from checking the requirement for immunization, Dr. Rahaman also checked her weight and height (which she adores very much!).  At the age of 4 years and 7 months+, she weights 18 kgs and measures 109cm.  Based on the growth chart (by Australian standard), she is doing OK.  Between the height and the weight, the doctor is more concern with the weight because height is usually inherited while the weight indicates nutrition intake.  Hmm, I didn’t realize that – a measure may outweigh another due to certain factors.

Oh ya, Iris was rather confused when we left the clinic without the “injections”.  Anyway, she is already looking forward to the next visit.  Here’s a look at the prescription. We decided to get them from Chemist Warehouse as their price is often lower compared to other pharmacies.  I was looking at $300.00 to $400.00 for the medicines and it turned out to be $87.70.  Whoa, what a relieve!  Whew! Anyway, they are ready for collection on Wednesday (6th Feb. 2013) and we have set an appointment for the jabs on the same day, after Iris’ schooling hours.  Btw, I am putting plural for the jab because both vaccinations will be administered on the same day. Sounds horrifying, no?  Be brave, darling! 

The prescription for the two vaccinations.

The prescription for the two vaccinations. One copy for the pharmacy and a copy to be sent to the council – by the chemist (so said the staff at the counter of Chemist Warehouse).

Lookout for this logo if you are searching for relatively lower-priced medicines and supplements in Australia.

Lookout for this logo if you are searching for relatively lower-priced medicines and supplements in Australia (Source: http://www.riolife.com.au)

 

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