India’s last polio victim offers a global ray of hope

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Polio was one of the most dreaded diseases, an infectious disease that invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis and even death. It’s not so long ago in this country in the 1960’s that parents were too afraid to let their kids play in groups at the local playground. My mother, a nurse, would… Read more »

The Cholesterol Debate

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The Catalyst program on ABC last Thursday certainly stirred up the cholesterol debate. This article from the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday presents some interesting comments on the topic from experts around the country. There are many risk factors involved with cardiac disease not just high cholesterol … high blood pressure, obesity, an unhealthy diet,… Read more »

Flu Vaccine strains for 2014

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The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) met with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA ) on the 11th of October and proposed adopting the WHO ( World Health Organisation) recommendations; the trivalent influenza vaccine components for the Australian 2014 influenza season should contain the following: A (H1N1): an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) – like virus, 15 µg HA per dose… Read more »

National Immunisation Program Schedule 2013

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National Immunisation Program Schedule 2013 I recently attended an Immunisation Update conducted by NSW Health, and thought you might like a copy of the latest 2013 National Immunisation Schedule. It is an outline of all recommended vaccines for all Australians. Each state varies slightly as to when they administer the vaccines so contact your State Health… Read more »