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Flu – seasonal vaccines, available at a centre near you

13 March 2019

Influenza viruses, those which cause an infection of the respiratory tract, are classified into 3 types: A, B, and C, however it’s only A and B that usually cause illness in humans.

The Measles-Go-Round

17 January 2019

It’s a topic we have covered before, but all current evidence points to the fact that it is not going away anytime soon – Measles!

Typhoid's looming threat

24 August 2018
A colleague told me how she had managed to get typhoid fever while working at a holiday resort in Mexico back in the early 1980s. One meal taken in the nearby town proved to be her undoing.

Tick bites that pack a punch

23 July 2018
The lush European countryside in summer is renowned for emerald green meadows and the sound of cowbells, but there are many visitors, including Australian tourists, who are oblivious to a tiny, but potentially dangerous, insect that may be lurking in the grass – ticks, and they are capable of transmitting a number of diseases.

On the menu today… You!

27 June 2018

Right now it’s the rainy season in many regions of Asia popular for travellers, such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.You may not want to hear this if you’re heading over there for a holiday soon but … when the rainfall increases, so do the activities of biting mosquitoes.

Russia 2018: Ready for kick off

24 June 2018

It’s not long now to the 2018 World Cup in Russia starting on June 14 and if you’ve booked your tickets to see the Socceroos in action (or you’re about to) NOW is the time to think about getting the recommended vaccinations and advice.

Watching out when bats are about

8 February 2018

BAT: Noun /bæt/ Order Chiroptera: the second biggest order within the animal division (class) of Mammalia with over 1,300 species; found in most places except for the two Poles and a few Pacific islands.

Genuine or not? A vital difference

11 December 2017

There’s a lot of appeal in the street markets that you come across in some developing countries – where else would you find hugely discounted products with high end brand names?

Resistant STI prompts advice for all ages

26 July 2017

Bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics is hardly news, but when it’s a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) like gonorrhoea and the level of resistance means that some cases have been impossible to treat using available antibiotics, that’s alarming!

Low risk, but high consequence: Victorian man dies of Japanese encephalitis

23 June 2017

A Victorian man in his 60s who’d holidayed in Phuket, Thailand in early May died this week from Japanese encephalitis (JE) in a Melbourne hospital.

A few fishy tales about worms

8 June 2017

If you have a dog at home you’ll know full well that Buddy or Bella must be wormed regularly - for their sake as well as your own, so you don’t become infected too.

Hepatitis E for ‘epicure’

26 April 2017

A news article published in the last couple of weeks has provided a reminder that we aren’t immune from many of the diseases that are prevalent in other regions of the world, even developed ones; not when we are such avid travellers.