Woman in the sunlight happy because the flu vaccine is free

Flu vaccine now free for more people

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Vaccination

Anyone at risk of serious health ­complications from the flu can now get free seasonal flu vaccine from their GP after the government recently extended the free flu vaccine ­program. An additional 2.2 million Australians are now eligible for the free* ­vaccine, including: Those with chronic health conditions, e.g. Heart disease Lung conditions such as

H1N1 Swine flu vaccination

Swine flu vaccine for kids

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Vaccination

Pandemic influenza H1N1 2009 (‘swine flu’) vaccine has been approved for use in children from 6 months of age. The vaccine has been carefully studied and shown to be safe and effective in this age group. Although the number of cases in Australia has reduced, a second wave of swine flu is expected in the next few

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World No Tobacco Day

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  Each year, 31 May is World No Tobacco Day and is a good opportunity to review your smoking habit. It’s never too late to quit smoking! Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health. Half of all long-term smokers are killed by their habit. Most of the damage

Faulty bowel cancer tests

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Cancer

People taking part in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program who have had a negative test between 1 December 2008 and 8 May 2009 will be asked to do the test again. Free kits were sent to people for home testing when they turned 50, 55 or 65 years. However, some test kits were found

Are you getting enough iodine?

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Australian research shows that 50 % of pregnant women are iodine deficient, which can affect the development of the foetal brain and lead to lower intelligence and learning difficulties. Last week (June 1–7) was Thyroid Awareness Week and is a good opportunity to consider your iodine intake. The Australian Thyroid Foundation recommends iodine supplements for all pregnant

Senior gentleman violently coughing due to the whooping cough

Adult whooping cough vaccine FREE for a limited time

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Vaccination

As a result of the current whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak, free vaccine is now available for a limited time for certain adults. Many adults are susceptible to whooping cough and can pass the infection on to children. Babies less than 6 months are at high risk – around one in every 200 who catches whooping

Elderly lady having the shingles vaccine administered by a doctor

Shingles vaccine for adults over 60 years

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Vaccination

The new shingles vaccination is recommended for all adults aged 60 and over. It can be given at the same time as your flu shot. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus. The infection is increasingly common from about the age of

Business people fearing h1n1 swine flu virus wearing protective face mask and standing in a row

Swine flu vaccine for adults

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Vaccination

The FREE swine flu vaccine (pandemic H1N1 influenza) is currently available from your doctor’s surgery. A second wave of swine flu (pandemic influenza H1N1 2009) is expected in Australia in the next few months and is likely to be more severe than last year’s epidemic. Who should be vaccinated? A single dose of the vaccine

Reflexology massage being performed on a womans foot

No support for reflexology

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Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that all parts of the body are represented on the foot (mostly the soles) and that internal organs can be stimulated by pressing particular areas of the foot. It is used to treat asthma, back pain, dementia, diabetes, cancer and many other conditions. An analysis of

Saw Palmetto trees in the everglades

Serenoa repens no help for enlarged prostate

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An extract from the plant Serenoa repens (saw palmetto) is widely used to improve symptoms in men with an enlarged prostate. However, a recent Cochrane study (an analysis of all the available published scientific evidence) has found that ‘Serenoa repens was not more effective than placebo (sugar pills) for treatment of urinary symptoms consistent with

 

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