The delayed 2016 Influenza Vaccine

Dr Cormac Carey, Medical Director, TMA Toowoomba

With the 100th birthday of CSL coinciding with Anzac Day this month and the first zephyrs of Winter’s winds arriving it is time to look at the turmoil re this year’s rollout of the 2016 influenza vaccine which has been anything but smooth. CSL started producing influenza vaccine in 1944 along with the mass production of penicillin which was widely used by both Australian and Allied troops in the closing stages of World War Two.

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Influenza Vaccine 2016

WHY SHOULD I HAVE A FLU SHOT FOR MY TRIP OVERSEAS??

Dr Michael Long  TMA Narre Warren

Huh?!  I don’t need a flu shot for going to Thailand, Europe or the US do I? Isn’t the flu just a cold or the “man flu” or something the oldies get?

WRONG WRONG WRONG! Keep reading fellow travellers for more info

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The real risk from terrorism

Dr Messieh  Burnie TMA 

After the brutal attack on Brussells on the 22nd March 2016, and Paris in November 15, it is helpful to put the risks of these attacks into perspective. The risk of dying from a terror attack is still very small.

It’s estimated that the risk of dying in a terror attack is in the vicinity of  1 in 20 million. To put that into context:

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Meningococcal Disease

Dr Jon Barrell

The Travel Medicine consultation can save lives at home and abroad. It is the ideal opportunity to discuss the vaccines to reduce the risk of Meningitis, Pneumonia, and Shingles (that very painful rash caused by the Chicken Pox virus). Since mid-2015, a new Meningococcal Vaccine has been recommended by the Australian Government to reduce the risks of this very serious disease.

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The New Epidemic – Zika Virus

Zika Virus expands its’ grip

Dr Rowena Sheppard, TMA Cressy Clinic Goondiwindi, Qld

Dominating the headlines, particularly for travellers to South America, is the very recent information on spread of mosquito borne Zika Virus, with notifications now in at least 30 countries, some in alarming numbers.

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Zika Virus in Brazil

Zika Virus outbreak in Brazil causes panic

Dr Donald Leitch Shoal Bay and Anna Bay TMA clinic NSW

The mosquito-borne Zika virus was first recognised in Brazil in May 2015. Brazilian authorities estimate that between 500,000 and 1.5 million people  have caught Zika virus in the past year. Zika causes a relatively mild flu like illness in most persons – a bit like Dengue fever.

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Polio on the Rise

If you’re going backpacking Asia then maybe you should read this!

Polio is back, and Typhoid is close behind!

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Plague has not gone away

Plague or the Black death is rare in the world, but has not gone away. Plague epidemics have occurred in Africa, Asia, and South America but most human cases since the 1990s have occurred in Africa. Plague was first introduced into the United States in 1900, by rat–infested steamships that had sailed from affected areas, mostly from Asia. Recently health officials in Salt Lake City confirmed a Utah resident died from plague.  Since April 1st 2015, a total of 12 cases of human plague have been reported in residents of seven states of the USA: Arizona (two). California (one), Colorado (four), New Mexico (two), Oregon (one) and Utah (one).

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To Climb a Mountain

What does it take to climb a mountain?

 

Curiosity, a burning desire, a challenge (personal or external), a social conscience…

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Survival Tips for Bali

23 Survival tips for Bali:

Having promised the kids an overseas holiday, Bali was the ideal choice. The most expensive part is the flights and accommodation – although there are plenty of bargains to be had. Day to day living expenses are cheap. Whilst there, I wrote some “notes to self’ to share with our readers.

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