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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.
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.
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.
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.
Get the flu shot before the flu gets you. Protect yourself and those around you by getting your flu vaccination.
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’).
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.
A wide variety of food types is important for good health. During this years Nutrition week, check out our healthy eating tips and healthy recipes page - great tips and over 100 healthy recipes for every taste and cooking level.
Don’t be misled by labelling tricks and traps. The terms used are often misleading:
As you become older, the foods and drinks that make up a healthy diet for you may be slightly different from when you were younger. If you need help choosing or preparing a healthy diet, chat to a family member, your healthcare professional, carer or an accredited practising dietitian.
Every October, Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. Walk to School promotes regular physical activity in Victorian primary school students. It helps kids and their families establish active routines for life. It also supports primary schools, local councils and communities to make active travel easy, safe and accessible.
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.
A quick and easy to cook roasted vegetables dish. Don’t worry if you don't have one of the ingredients - leave it out or substitute with another vegetable.
This year Fertility Week highlights chemicals in the home that may reduce your chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby.
October is Health and Safety Month. Make a commitment to make your workplace healthier and safer for you and your workmates.
Ocsober is a national fundraising initiative to reduce drug and alcohol related harm among young people. Lose the booze during the month of October and help Life Education, and their iconic mascot Healthy Harold, to educate 720,000 Aussie kids to make safer, healthier choices for the future.
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Page last reviewed: 22 Aug 2014
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