Protect yourself this winter

Protect yourself this winter

Health & Wellness

08-06-2022

With flu cases increasing rapidly, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself this winter.
This June, every Victorian aged six months and over can receive a free flu vaccination.
You can book your flu shot with your GP or pharmacist with over 3,000 GP clinics and pharmacies across the state being able to partake in the program.
Remember, if you’re still sick with the flu wait until you feel better to have your vaccination.
For more information on how to stay well this winter, visit: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/stay-well-winter
 

What is monkeypox? Information from Victorian Department of Health

What is monkeypox? Information from Victorian Department of Health

Health & Wellness

25-05-2022

Key messages

  • Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.
  • There have been several cases of monkeypox reported internationally and local transmission has occurred among these cases.
  • The spread of monkeypox typically requires prolonged face-to-face contact. It may spread from person-to-person through skin-to skin contact, contact with infected surfaces or items, and respiratory transmission.
  • There is currently one case of monkeypox identified in Victoria, a man in his 30s who recently returned from the United Kingdom and is isolating away from the community.
  • The case was infectious while travelling on the following flights: 
    • flight EY10 which departed London on 14 May and landed in Abu Dhabi at 0615 
    • flight EY462 which departed Abu Dhabi on 15 May and landed in Melbourne at 0545 on 16 May.
  • As a precaution, anyone who travelled on these flights is being urged to monitor for symptoms. Anyone developing symptoms should seek medical care, wearing a mask and calling ahead to make sure they can be isolated away from others.
  • Clinicians should consider testing for monkeypox in returned travellers with compatible symptoms.

What is the issue?

Monkeypox is endemic in Central and West Africa. When cases are detected outside Africa they are usually identified in returned travellers who visited endemic areas. Read More >

Did you know 26% of Victorians speak a language other than English at home?

Did you know 26% of Victorians speak a language other than English at home?

Health & Wellness

21-04-2022

Accurate, translated content is important in ensuring all members of our community can access health information.
Health Translations brings together translated resources from organisations like Cancer Council Victoria and Diabetes Victoria in one, easy to search place.
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Avoid mozzie bites and protect yourself, your family and your friends from mosquito-borne diseases

Avoid mozzie bites and protect yourself, your family and your friends from mosquito-borne diseases

Health & Wellness

07-04-2022

Heading out for a bite? If you’re gathering outdoors, keep the mozzies away with mosquito repellent (containing picaridin or DEET), mosquito coils and long, loose-fitting clothing.
Following these few simple steps can help you avoid mozzie bites and protect yourself, your family and your friends from mosquito-borne diseases.
 
 
 

Dry and sensitive skin needs some extra TLC

Dry and sensitive skin needs some extra TLC

Health & Wellness

24-03-2022

QV skincare has been looking after Aussies for decades, with products for the whole family.
Speak to our pharmacists if you have skin concerns or need help finding the right products for your skin.
photo credit @qvskincare
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Japanese Encephalitis Detected in Victoria

Japanese Encephalitis Detected in Victoria

Health & Wellness

18-03-2022

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Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a rare but potentially serious infection of the brain caused by a virus spread to humans through mosquito bites.
In the last week JEV has been detected in pigs in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
No cases of JEV have been detected in humans, however several cases of encephalitis with no identified cause have been detected in NSW and SA in the past month.
Most JEV infections are asymptomatic, however those with severe infection (less than one per cent) may experience neck stiffness, coma, and more rarely, permanent neurological complications or death.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms, particularly if they’ve visited regions near the border of Victoria and New South Wales or been in contact with pigs, should seek urgent medical attention.
Avoid mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent containing picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin. Wear long, loose fitting clothing when outside, and ensure accommodation, including tents, are properly fitted with mosquito nettings or screens.

Mental health resources from Better Health Channel

Mental health resources from Better Health Channel

Health & Wellness

08-02-2022

Returning to in-person learning may present uncertainties for you, your child or other family members. To support Victorian children returning to school we have created a hub of resources, so you don’t feel alone.
You can find access to The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne‘s latest podcasts, free online courses with Triple P Parenting and more at: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/…/children-young…

 
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