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April 26, 2016

Travel Vaccinations

Travel Clinic Are you planning to travel to a foreign country? Do your thoughts turn to spectacular scenery, exotic foods and the opportunity to experience another culture? Are there worries about diseases, insects and water safety? Travellers overseas have up to a 50% change of suffering a travel related illness. By following some preventative behaviours and having appropriate vaccinations as well as taking some medications in case of illness most travellers can avoid travel… related health problems. Asia, Africa, South America and other developing countries have specific risks. If you plan to stay abroad for more than 1 month, spending […]
April 18, 2016

Whooping Cough and Influenza Vaccination in Pregnancy

Influenza Influenza is a potentially life threatening illness, with outbreaks of types A and B responsible for the most serious cases. Pregnant women are known to be at higher risk of severe complications of influenza infection. This risk is increased in pregnancy due to the large number of changes that occur to a women’s body during pregnancy. For example; a change to lung function, increased cardiac output, increased oxygen use and changes to their immune systems. The best known way to protect pregnant women against the Influenza is by vaccinating them against it. Repeat vaccination is required each year as […]
April 11, 2016

No Jab, No Pay

No Jab, No Pay   As of January 1st 2016 the government introduced the “No Jab, No Pay” policy. This means that parents who do not fully immunise their children (up to 19 years of age) will no longer be eligible for Child Care Benefits, Child Care Rebates or the Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement (family assistance payments).   Children with medical contraindications or natural immunity for certain diseases will continue to be exempt from the requirements, however correct documentation must be provided from a doctor for this to be recognised.   Conscientious objection and vaccination objection […]
April 5, 2016

Influenza Vaccinations

  Influenza It is that time of year again where Influenza vaccinations become available at GP practices and flu clinics open! This is no different for the Panaceum Group – with weekly nurse-led influenza clinics running.   Influenza or “the flu” is a highly contagious virus that is spread by droplets – sneezing and coughing or direct contact with these bodily fluids on surfaces. Three types of influenza exist – types A, B and C. Each year the flu vaccine is likely to change to provide coverage to the most dominant strains at the time.   The elderly, those with […]
March 1, 2016

Purple Day – Take Action for Epilepsy

Purple Day is a grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th each year, people from around the globe are asked to come together and wear purple and spread the work about epilepsy.   Purple day was founded in 2008 by a nine year old girl Cassidy Megan. Her own struggles with epilepsy sparked her interest in wanting people to talk about epilepsy and remove some of the stigmas and misunderstandings around this often silent disease/disorder. She also wanted other people experiencing epilepsy to know that they are not alone.   Each year work places, schools and […]
October 30, 2015

Movember

    During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise awareness for men’s health.  Did you know? Men have the second highest incidence of illness in Australia, after Aboriginal people Each hour, five men die from conditions that are potentially preventable Men live on average six years less than women. More than 48,000 Australian men a year succumb to diseases that may have been prevented by a simple trip to the doctor Men’s conditions are often complicated by the fact that […]