Tips to beat the bite

Tips to beat the bite

Health & Wellness

15-01-2022

Children are vulnerable to mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases that could make them sick, so it’s up to us to help kids beat the bite.
To protect children from mozzies:
🦟 Limit their outdoor activity when mosquito numbers are high.
Make sure they wear long, loose-fitting clothing outdoors.
🦟 Apply a thin, even layer of mosquito repellent to all exposed skin, avoiding hands, eyes and mouth. Choose a lower strength repellent for young children and babies (no more than 20% picaridin or DEET).
🦟 If your child has sensitive skin (or is bothered by the smell of DEET) use picaridin or apply repellent to their clothes instead.
🦟 Drape a mosquito net over the pram, stroller or infant carrier (make sure there are no gaps).
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Remember your COVIDSafe habits when shopping

Remember your COVIDSafe habits when shopping

Health & Wellness

22-12-2021

As you plan your Christmas and N ew Year shopping it is important to remember your COVIDSafe habits to keep yourself and the wider community safe. Please remember to:
✅Check-in using the QR-Code, or venue kiosk check-in
✅ Keep 1.5 metres away from others
✅ Observe density limits at shops and malls and consider taking your shopping trips outside peak time
✅ Take a mask for indoor areas
✅ Use hand sanitiser.
 
 
 

If your child missed out on their school-based vaccinations this year, it’s not too late

If your child missed out on their school-based vaccinations this year, it’s not too late

Health & Wellness

29-11-2021

If your child missed out on their school-based vaccinations this year, it’s not too late. There’s still time for students to get up-to-date with their vaccinations before the end of the year.
Speak to your GP or local council immunisation service about how they can catch up and get protected.
 
 

 

 
 

October marks the start of the grass pollen season

October marks the start of the grass pollen season

Health & Wellness

04-10-2021

October marks the start of the grass pollen season and the start of epidemic thunderstorm asthma risk forecasting.
Thunderstorm asthma events can be sudden, serious, and even life threatening. If you have asthma or hay fever, speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the best way to prevent and control symptoms.

Check the epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecast daily during the grass pollen season (from 1 October to 31 December) on the VicEmergency website: http://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/prepare/…

 
Remember to get a COVID-19 test if:
◾ your symptoms are new
◾ your symptoms are different than usual
◾ your symptoms have restarted after a period of absence
◾ you are unsure.
More information about preparing for thunderstorm asthma season: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/thunderstorm-asthma
 
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Do you have asthma or hay fever?

Do you have asthma or hay fever?

Health & Wellness

15-09-2021

Spring can trigger flare-ups that produce symptoms similar to COVID-19. Having good control of your asthma or hay fever symptoms helps protect you and your community.
Speak to your doctor to develop or review your asthma action plan or hay fever treatment plan.
Remember to get tested for COVID-19, if your symptoms are new, different than your usual symptoms, have restarted after a period of absence or if you’re unsure.
 
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Head to Health – Anxiety

Head to Health – Anxiety

Health & Wellness

25-08-2021


Most of us experience some level of anxiety from time to time. But if this is affecting your ability to manage daily life, there are things you can do.

Find information on anxiety and ways you can help yourself manage these feelings here 

Anthony Byrne MP receives his second Astra Zeneca dose at Berwick Pharmacy

Anthony Byrne MP receives his second Astra Zeneca dose at Berwick Pharmacy

Health & Wellness

13-08-2021

Anthony Byrne received his 2nd Astra Zeneca jab from his local pharmacist Darren down at Berwick Pharmacy.
Anthony said that “chemists across the country have now joined the front line in our fight against COVID19. This is great news because now we can go to our trusted pharmacist at our local chemist to get the jab and at the same time do our bit to keep yourself and our community safe.
Together we can beat this!”
“Thanks to Darren and staff at Berwick Pharmacy for looking after me so well.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The best Covid vaccine is the one you can get right now

The best Covid vaccine is the one you can get right now

Health & Wellness

30-07-2021

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.

 

Read more: Why is Delta such a worry? It’s more infectious, probably causes more severe disease, and challenges our vaccines


There is little argument, however, that the Delta strain is more infectious, which is why we want to vaccinate our population as quickly as possible.

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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How can you recognise when stress is a problem?

How can you recognise when stress is a problem?

Health & Wellness

22-07-2021

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?

Find more ways to recognise and cope with stress here

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