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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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    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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    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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    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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    End of life and palliative care

    End of life and palliative care helps improve your quality of life and provides support for your family and carers, if you have a life-limiting illness. End of life and palliative care services include help with daily tasks and access to a range of emotional, spiritual and mental health care options to meet your needs.

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    Immunity for Community - Ros' story

    Immunising yourself or your children is important for not only your health, but also for the health of your community because when enough people are immunised diseases no longer spread.

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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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