Thyroid Awareness Month

The month of May is Thyroid Awareness Month. This month we are raising awareness of Thyroid disorders.

What is the Thyroid Gland?

The Thyroid Gland is a soft, small bow-shaped gland, located in the front of the neck, below the voice box or larynx (Adam’s Apple) on either side of the trachea (windpipe). It is part of the endocrine system and produces the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The Thyroid Gland is controlled by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland at the base of the brain and manufactures hormones that regulate your body’s metabolism.

What are Thyroid Disorders?

Several different disorders can arise when your thyroid produces too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) or not enough (hypothyroidism). Four common disorders of the thyroid are Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease, Goiter, and Thyroid nodules.

The many causes of thyroid disorders include:

  • Iodine Deficiency
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Viral and bacterial inflammation causing thyroiditis (subacute thyroiditis)
  • Familial Disorders
  • Nodules which have formed on the Thyroid Gland
  • Benign and Malignant (cancer) tumours on the Thyroid Gland

Are Thyroid Disorders Common?

  • Ten times more women than men worldwide will be diagnosed with some form of thyroid disorder.
  • Thyroid disorders, especially hypothyroidism – or an underactive thyroid, becomes more common as we grow older.
  • Statistics show 1 million Australians have an undiagnosed thyroid disorder.

Symptoms of an Unhealthy Thyroid 

 

For more information, please see the Australian Thyroid Foundation’s website at https://thyroidfoundation.org.au/

Please visit your GP or call Medsana Medical Clinic at (07) 385204878 to test your thyroid and check your neck.

Covid 19 vaccine provider - eligibility checker

1. Checking when you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine

To find out when you are eligible to receive the vaccine, visit https://covidvaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. 

This will tell you which phase of the rollout you are in.

2. Booking your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

When it is your turn to get vaccinated, you can call us on 07 3852 4878 to book your appointments to get your first and second doses of the vaccine. 

You can also book online on our website, or come to Medsana Medical Clinic. Make sure you book an appointment for your first and second doses of the vaccine. Please call us if you need to confirm what the timing should be between the appointments.

3. Getting ready for your appointment

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

  • if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
  • if you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.

If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a new appointment.

You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health:  https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination