Risks and illnesses

Travel to Brazil: Guidance during yellow fever outbreak

8 March 2017

There will still be many, many people who are content to miss the pizzazz of the Carnival in Rio and take in all that Brazil has to offer once the parades are over.

Meningococcal B & W: Special vaccine campaigns for 2 states

28 December 2016

You may have seen mention in the media of the introduction of separate meningococcal vaccination programs in South Australia  and Western Australia  – they’re be

Rabies: Progress made, but…

28 September 2016

September 28th is World Rabies Day and we thought it worthwhile to acknowledge the event with some reminders on how to manage a potential rabies exposure – what to do in the way of first aid and what medical treatment should involve – as

Chickenpox vaccine: 2 doses better than 1?

12 September 2016

In tropical regions, chickenpox (or varicella) is a disease affecting older children or adults that’s more likely to strike during the ‘tourist’ season when it’s dry and the temperatures are cooler.

Plans for Polio - Eradication

18 August 2016

Talk to anyone born prior to the 1960s and they will tell you about how polio used to be a terrifying reality. Hundreds of thousands of children across the globe were left paralysed in its wake and confronting images of wards full of iron lung machines circulated.

Must have been something I ate …

8 August 2016

Both food poisoning and stomach flu can give rise to nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhoea - but the two conditions are in fact of different aetiology.

Countdown to 2016 Olympic Games

20 July 2016

With final packing and preparations well underway for those lucky travellers heading to the Olympic Games, there are just 16 days until the official opening ceremony.

Health for the Hajj

13 July 2016

Each year the Hajj pilgrimage takes place in Saudi Arabia when more than 3 million Muslims from over 183 countries converge on the city of Mecca.

Cheap fares help fuel Asia’s dengue

6 July 2016

Booming low-cost air travel is helping to fuel outbreaks of dengue fever across Southeast Asian countries, according to an expert in the mosquito-borne disease.