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Waning influenza effectiveness could make people sick

Will the influenza vaccine protection really run out before the end of the season? Short answer – we don’t really know. The optimal TIMING for influenza vaccination is not clear. However, there is clear evidence that the influenza vaccine stops people getting seriously sick and even dying from influenza. This is especially true for persons […]

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Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure on a distant journey to unknown lands. Sir Richard Burton explorer Look at the bucket list of most seniors, and you will see some form of travel. Money and time means the world is your oyster…Unfortunately, what the glossy brochures don’t tell you, is […]

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picture of vaccination book

The Australian Immunisation Register  ( AIR ) has been touted with much fanfare, but still has a few problems… in that not all doctors software is compatible with it.  Our software for example is not. Computer experts all over the country are  working on getting all the software of Aussie doctors to work seamlessly together, […]

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Drug expiry dates are important

It may come as no surprise, that drug expiry dates are not all they are cracked up to be. Some drugs are still effective for a long time after their printed drug expiry date. Hoarding of drugs has been metaphorically placed in the same category as stacks of old newspapers, magazines, broken equipment, empty boxes and […]

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Neural connections are damaged in Japanese Encephalitis

Another tragic case of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) has been reported – this time in a 60 year old Victorian man who merely visited Phuket, Thailand on a holiday and ran into the ‘ wrong mosquito’. The mosquito likes rural areas mostly, but not always. The mossie feeds at dust, mostly. Once the mossie drops its payload […]

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Australia has a shortage of Hepatitis B vaccine at pharmacies, but our clinic has limited supplies for our own patients who are at high risk. There are also supplies of TWINRIX: the combined Hepatitis A and B vaccine. However, you cannot bring a script as we are not a pharmacy – it is only available as […]

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World TB Day – March 24th

March 24th, 2017

Today is World TB day In 2015, there were 1.8 million TB-related deaths worldwide. TB or Tuberculosis is due to a bacteria that is generally coughed from person to person. One third of the world’s population is infected with TB – most are not sick but have whats called latent TB. In 2015, 10.4 million people around the world became […]

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climbers trying to avoid altitude sickness

Recent media reports of a Victorian man dying of suspected altitude sickness in Nepal are a grim reminder of the importance of appropriate travel health care, and the fact that things can go dreadfully wrong sometimes in adventure environments. Travel Medicine is not just about vaccines but also information and education about potential travel health hazards. This report suggested […]

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International Mountain Day Dec 11

December 11th, 2016

High Altitude Travel Destinations Dec 11th is #InternationalMountainDay   What’s on your travel bucket list this year? Are you thinking of hiking the Inca Trail to gaze at the wonders of Machu Picchu? Want to visit the mystical Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet? Maybe skiing in Colorado is your plan or you fancy a trek […]

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Travellers Medical Kit

October 28th, 2016

When travelling overseas, a Travellers Medical Kit is as necessary as SHOES.  About half of all travellers experience a medical problem while overseas.  Purchasing drugs in some countries can make you even sicker than you were at the start. Buying copy watches or copy handbags is one thing, but buying copy drugs can be REALLY […]

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