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Paxlovid and travellers

July 27th, 2022

Paxlovid®= combination of Nirmatrelvir (N) and Ritonavir (R) Paxlovid is a COVID-19 medication that is a combination of two antiviral drugs. It is used for the treatment of early COVID-19 in persons who are severely immunosuppressed. The goal is to make COVID sufferers less likely to progress to severe COVID-19 which requires hospitalisation. In a […]

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Monkeypox is a risk to only a very small cohort of travellers. Monkeypox spreads in different ways. The virus can spread from person-to-person through: direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex touching items (such as […]

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YIKES As if this year hasn’t been bad enough – with global warming, pandemic, the war in Europe, and flooding across the east coast, now Japanese Encephalitis (JE) – a monstrous disease of travellers has arrived on our doorstep. There has been much in the media like this from the Guardian or this from the […]

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Which face mask is best?

January 23rd, 2022

Everyone : mould the metal strip firmly around your nose, make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth,  is pulled under your chin, the strings are holding the mask as tightly as possible to your face, and there are no obvious gaps at the side. For most persons – try to get a KN95 […]

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We have given a lot of immunisations over the years and here are my suggestions to help your child have the best experience getting their COVID vaccination.  Ideally, you want this to be a bit of a non-event. Discuss briefly in advance Have a discussion with the child a few days in advance of their […]

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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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The enrollment for this trial has now closed What is JE? Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a dangerous disease in Asia spread by mosquitoes. The most recent death from JE was a Qld man who died in 2020 after contracting JE while travelling in Bali. What is the research about? In this study, we are using […]

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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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