Anthony Byrne MP receives his second Astra Zeneca dose at Berwick Pharmacy13-08-2021
The best Covid vaccine is the one you can get right now30-07-2021
Author: Natasha Yates
Assistant Professor, General Practice, Bond University
Reprinted from The Conversation
If you are 18 or older, and in an area where there is a COVID-19 outbreak, the best vaccine for you is the one you can get right now. That possibly means you should get the AstraZeneca vaccine, as Pfizer is still in short supply.
This updated advice was given by ATAGI (the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation), the government’s expert vaccine advisory body, on July 24. Why would it change to recommending either AstraZeneca or Pfizer, after months of preferring Pfizer for younger people?
More young people are being hospitalised, in ICU and dying during this current outbreak in Australia, where the Delta strain is dominating.
Whether this is a function of the Delta strain being more dangerous to young people, or because older people are (as a group) more likely to be protected by already being vaccinated, remains a subject of debate.
So if you are 18 or older and have not been vaccinated yet, you may be asking whether getting an AstraZeneca vaccine right now is the right thing for you to do. To answer this we need to consider the benefits and risks of the AstraZeneca vaccination.
What do vaccines achieve?
When thinking about what any COVID-19 vaccine should achieve, there is an order of priority.
First, it should stop people who catch COVID-19 from dying.
Second, it should reduce risk of severe disease (symptoms bad enough to need ICU treatment).
Third, hospitalisations should go down.
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Stress isn’t always a bad thing – sometimes it helps you get through a tough situation by making you feel more alert and capable. But it can also be overwhelming and affect your quality of life.
How can you recognise when stress is a problem? Some questions you can ask yourself include:
– Can you switch off when you want to rest? Or can you not stop thinking?
– Are you coping? Or do little things get you down?
– Do you feel mostly calm? Or do you feel irritable?
It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health05-07-2021
Victorians have faced some tough times lately – from droughts to bushfires to a global pandemic. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve been through – everyone needs help from time to time.
Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, but most people still feel too uncomfortable and uncertain to talk about it.
The Victorians featured in It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health have shared their stories to illustrate how we can all experience different mental health challenges.
If you or someone you know is struggling – don’t wait. It’s always the right time to talk about mental health.
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Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.
Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or done for long periods in order to improve your health. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly, when compared to a non-exercising group.
Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more vigorous forms of exercise. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time.
Walking for fun and fitness isn’t limited to strolling by yourself around local neighbourhood streets. There are various clubs, venues and strategies you can use to make walking an enjoyable and social part of your lifestyle.