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    Flu (influenza)

    The flu is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, including pneumonia. The flu is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. The most common symptoms of the flu are sudden high fever, a dry cough, body aches, and feeling very tired and weak.

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    Support for LGBTI people

    LGBTI people are frequently subject to discrimination and can have problems accessing healthcare that's right for them. If you or someone you know is LGBTI and needs support, help is available.

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    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    STIs come in all shapes and sizes! If you are sexually active, you can get an STI – even if you practice safe sex most of the time. There are many different STIs and not all of them have obvious symptoms, so there is a chance that you or your partner could have an STI without knowing it. The only way to find out if you have a STI is to have a sexual health check-up. Doctors deal with sexual health problems on a daily basis, so don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.

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    Thunderstorm Asthma

    With grass pollen season fast approaching, it’s important for people with asthma or hay fever to know about thunderstorm asthma and what they can do to help protect themselves. Even if you don't think you have asthma or hay fever, don't ignore symptoms like wheezing or shortness of breath - check with your GP. And learn the four steps of asthma first aid.

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    Flu immunisation

    Get the flu shot before the flu gets you. Protect yourself and those around you by getting your flu vaccination.

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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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    New outdoor smoking laws

    From 1 August 2017 smoking will be banned in all outdoor dining areas in Victoria. The smoking ban covers restaurants, cafes, take-away shops, pubs and other licenced premises during times when food is served. If you've been thinking about quitting, now is a good time. There is lots of information and support available to help you.

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    Meningococcal vaccine for young people

    To combat a recent rise in cases of Meningococcal W disease, the Victorian Government has introduced a free, time-limited vaccine program for young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 (aged 15-19) in Victoria. The vaccine will protect against the ‘W’ strain of the disease, as well as three other strains (‘A’, ‘C’ and ‘Y’).

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    Alcohol and weight gain

    Whether or not you will gain weight from alcohol depends on what your drink, how you drink, what you eat when you drink, and your unique body and lifestyle. Alcohol can cause weight gain in four ways: it stops your body from burning fat, it's high in calories, it can lead to greater hunger and less satiety, and it can lead to poor food choices.

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    Healthy ageing tips

    Experts say the key to living well into our 80s and 90s is making a commitment to living healthily. Check out some simple ideas and embrace your senior years.

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    Vegetarian fried rice

    This vegetable fried rice recipe is a tasty, gluten-free quick meal for a busy week night. It’s also the perfect dish to make extra quantities to take for lunch the next day.

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Health events

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    Your Heart

    Thursday is World Heart Day - which this year has four key aims. The second is Fuel your heart. Eating and drinking well gives your heart the fuel it needs for you to live your life. Today, make just a few simple changes to your diet to help reduce your own and your family’s risk of heart disease and stroke.

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    Prostate Cancer

    September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month which aims to create awareness and raise the much needed funds to help in the fight against prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia with 20,000 diagnosis and close to 3,300 deaths each year.

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    September is Dementia Awareness Month which aims to give Australians a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. It also highlights the importance of accessing services and information early to empower and enable everybody impacted by dementia, including carers.

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