The global Covid-19 pandemic is far from over, but the Australian Government has decided not to renew the Biosecurity Emergency Determination relating to COVID-19, which lapsed on April 17. This follows medical advice, according to Australia’s Department of Home Affairs (1).
There has been so much in the news about monkeypox – perhaps because we’ve seemingly had nothing but COVID-19 information for the past two-plus years - so Travelvax has put together a few salient points about the illness and its prevention and transmission.
Residents and travellers to the Torres Strait Islands and areas in South, South-East and East Asia where the Japanese Encephalitis virus is endemic were previously thought to be the only people at risk of Japanese Encephalitis infection.
The Japanese Encephalitis virus exists in a transmission cycle between mosquitoes, pigs and water birds, however it can infect horses, donkeys and humans and cause severe disease, even death in some cases.
Before parents take their children for their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or in fact any time their young children and infants are immunised, it’s a good idea to think of a way to make the experience as positive as possible so they don’t fear a second dose or any future vaccinations.
Getting your kids vaccinated is part of a parents’ ‘duty of care’ and most do it after ensuring they are fully informed of the benefits and any risks involved.
Media reports about deaths and hospitalisations of fully or partially vaccinated people in this global pandemic can be a bit confusing, making it hard to work out what the benefit would be for us and our loved ones.
The Australian states worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are now opening up after months of infections, lockdowns and restrictions. The vaccine rollout has gathered pace and the number of double vaccinated residents continues to grow.
From October 19, 2021, Australians have been able to access their International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates (ICVC) through the MyGov website.
The inflammation of the stomach and intestines, known as gastroenteritis, is typically caused by a virus, bacterium or a parasite.
It takes just one imperceptible bite for the transmission of what could be a life-threatening disease, which makes us ask: ‘How can such a tiny, fragile insect cause so much pain, suffering and annoyance?’ (Webb 2016)