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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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Whooping cough (a.k.a. pertussis) is a dangerous disease that can kill newborn babies – even in civilised countries like Australia.   In the womb, mothers give babies antibodies to many diseases e.g. measles – but not to whooping cough. Furthermore,  whooping cough vaccination cannot be given to babies until 6-8 weeks of age. The vaccine just does not work very well […]

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TB vaccine and Diabetes

October 14th, 2018

The Tuberculosis (TB) BCG vaccine is normally given to children under 5 years of age, and is often given at birth in the developing world, especially where TB is common. In Australia, we usually only give this vaccine to small children who will be visiting countries where TB is common. TB vaccine and Diabetes Recent research […]

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What Vaccines do I need for Bali?   What Vaccines do I need for Bali? At the very least you need your usual childhood vaccines plus protection from Hepatitis A. Depending on what you are doing, you may also need vaccines against Typhoid, maybe Cholera or ETEC, sometimes vaccines against Influenza or Japanese encephalitis, and […]

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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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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. The virus circulates in pigs and wading birds […]

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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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tick which could carry tick encephalitis shown crawling across skin

Tick Encephalitis a.k.a. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a serious brain infection. It is caught from a simple tick bite in Europe.  In Australia, our ticks cause paralysis but in Europe, they spread an infection to the brain that can cause brain damage or be fatal. Happily, two-thirds of sufferers get no symptoms. The infection is […]

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World Rabies Day is in a few days. It aims to raise awareness about rabies. This year’s theme is Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate. This year’s theme is Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate. Rabies is a serious problem in many parts of the world: Rabies threatens half the world’s population – about 55,000 deaths per year. Australia is truly a […]

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Cost Rabies Vaccine

Cost Rabies Vaccine

August 1st, 2016

My staff often get asked What’s the cost of rabies vaccine? how much does rabies vaccine cost? is it worth having rabies vaccine etc The Cost of Rabies Vaccine varies depending on how it is given. The cost does not have to be huge – it can be about the same price as a typhoid/hep A […]

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