26 April 2019

BE PREPARED TO FIGHT THE FLU.

Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. There are three main types of influenza virus that cause infection in humans - types A, B and C - and many sub-types or strains. Influenza can occur throughout the year, but influenza activity usually peaks in winter. Influenza is a vaccine-preventable illness, but a new vaccine needs to be given each year because influenza viruses change (mutate) constantly. A new influenza vaccine is prepared each year to best match the strains predicted for the coming influenza season. What are the symptoms of flu?   People with...

11 April 2019

MEASLES CAN BE SERIOUS

WHAT IS MEASLES? Measles is a viral disease that may have serious complications. In the past, measles infection was very common in childhood. Most people born before 1966 will have been infected with measles as a child and are likely to be immune. Thanks to immunisation measles is now rare in Australia. Measles remains common in many parts of the world, and large outbreaks continue to occur in a number of countries. This is why it is important to make sure you are fully protected against measles prior to overseas travel.   WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? The first symptoms are...

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