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Shingles prevention

October 19th, 2021

Shingles is a miserable disease, causing a rash, pain and fatigue. It can lead to chronic nerve pain and even loss of vision. Shingles affects up to 30% of the general population and about half of persons who reach age 85. A vaccine is now available in Australia to prevent this disease from 50 years […]

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We need your help for a research project on Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine In this study, we are using the normal, registered JE vaccine. This vaccine is already widely used in Australia and is very effective, but normally costs about $300 per dose. Unfortunately, many travellers who would otherwise like to be vaccinated are forced to decline […]

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“If  have my first COVID vaccine as ASTRA vaccine, can I have the second one as Pfizer?” This is a common question. There is in fact good data that an ASTRA then a PFIZER work better than 2 Astra, and this combination is done overseas eg France, but sadly banned in Australia – probably due […]

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              Things are quiet, but we are seeing a few travellers – mostly for work trips : Fly in Fly out (FIFO) workers are doing 3 months swings, patients going to help PNG with their vaccine rollout or medical care, but mostly travellers are going to ‘fix things’ – […]

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Q&A about Covid Vaccine

March 29th, 2021

    Is the COVID vaccine mandatory? No – you can choose whether or not you wish to have a COVID vaccine, and you can also decide when you want to have it.   If you choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine, your eligibility for Government payments won’t be affected. It is unclear if […]

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Do you need a COVID test before you travel and are you based in Brisbane? Do you ALSO need a doctor’s letter ? or is it just a COVID PCR Nasal swab test? or do you need a blood test as well  ?? Yes, it can be very confusing. Make sure you get precise instructions […]

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Might you have to take drugs to modify your immune system? Might you like to go travelling to Africa later in your life? You might need to have vaccines NOW before you start – those vaccines will last for life There are some drugs that may change the way the immune system works. Sometimes the […]

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  Did you know that childcare work could be putting the health of workers, and the health of their family and friends at risk? For example: Hepatitis A is a very contagious virus that is known to spread in childcare settings, but many childcare workers are not covered. There are two main types of Hepatitis – known as A […]

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Have you had intradermal (ID) rabies vaccine in our clinic more than 5 years ago? If so, we need your help. Would you volunteer a little of your blood to help advance travel medicine knowledge?. It is terribly sad that we can’t travel anywhere at present due to COVID-19, but I am confident that travel will eventually return […]

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Travel Health in the age of COVID Mandatory Hotel Quarantine is a necessary evil in the fight against this virus but it is hard on the “guests”. Those who read the news and think – oh that looks OK…. two weeks in a luxury hotel…. how bad can that be?  Well, it’s not completely like […]

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