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    Whooping Cough explained

    Whooping cough (pertussis) is a serious, contagious, respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. The disease begins like a cold and then the characteristic cough develops. Immunisation is the best way to reduce the risk of whooping cough.

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    Measles explained

    Measles is a very contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Measles can cause serious, sometimes fatal, complications including pneumonia and encephalitis. Measles is rare in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine but vaccination is important because people coming from overseas can carry the virus. Find out more about causes, symptoms and treatment of measles.

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    Navigating the Health System

    Not sure where to start looking for info about your healthcare? Visit our new Services and Support section to find out more about how the healthcare system works and how it can help you.

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    Zika virus – all you need to know

    Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus for which there is no cure, specific treatment or vaccine. The best defence against Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites if you are travelling in a country with active Zika virus transmission.

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    Emergencies – floods

    The main flood types affecting Australia include flooding of rivers or drainage systems due to exceptionally heavy rains, and storm surges caused by tropical cyclones. When there is a flood alert in your area, there are things you can do to prepare.

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    Infections in hospital

    Some people are more susceptible to hospital infections than others. However, there are things you can do before and during your stay in hospital that will help reduce the chance of you getting an infection.

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