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  • Measles feature


    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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    Zika virus

    Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus. The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. There is no cure, specific treatment or vaccine for Zika virus. As a precaution, pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant are advised to consider postponing travel to any area with active Zika virus transmission.

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    What is salmonella infection?

    An outbreak of salmonella infection has been linked to pre-packaged lettuce products widely available in supermarkets. Salmonella infection is a form of gastro caused by the germ Salmonella and can affect anyone. Symptoms usually appear 6 to 72 hours after you eat contaminated food and can include diarrhoea, fever, stomach cramps and vomiting.

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    A Healthy Start to School

    As with any big change, starting primary school brings a new set of routines, challenges and rewards. Making this transition a happy, healthy one can have some real benefits down the track. A positive start to school can establish a child’s readiness to learn and confidence about other big transitions in life. And, importantly, healthy children learn better.

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    No Jab No Play – information for parents

    From 1st January, before enrolling a child, early childhood services will have to first obtain evidence that the child is: fully immunised for their age, on a vaccination catch-up program or unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

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    VaxOnTime reminds you when your child is due for their vaccinations. With VaxOnTime, you can search for a local immunisation provider, call and make an appointment for vaccinations or find out when immunisation sessions are being run by your local council. You can also add your appointment to your device’s calendar.

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  • Heat safety icons and text on orange and red heat wave illustrations

    Survive the heat

    Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster. Extreme heat can affect anybody but those most at risk are kids, older people and those with a medical condition. Make sure you and your loved ones survive the heat this summer with these five simple tips.

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    Exercise - everyday activities

    Being active in small ways during the day can make a big difference. Lots of everyday activities provide an opportunity to be active – try walking instead of jumping in the car when you can. Little things like taking the stairs instead of the escalator or having walking meetings instead of sitting will all help lead to health benefits.

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    Healthy lunch boxes

    Start the school year off well by planning to pack healthy lunch boxes. Each day your child’s lunch box should include at least one serve of fruit, vegetables, water, dairy, protein and grain foods. Make it fun and get your child involved in putting their own lunch box together. When your shopping be careful of the pre-packed supermarket lunch box snacks – they are often high in sugar, salt and fat. Get creative and make your own snacks.

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    Children - keeping them active

    Making physical activity part of your own day sets a great example for your children. Encouraging kids to be active sets them up for continuing the routine throughout their life. Wherever possible play with your kids – kick the ball around or throw a frisbee – try as many different activities as you can to keep it interesting.

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    Personal trainers - how to choose one

    Personal trainers can be a good way to reach your health and fitness goals. When choosing a trainer check to see that they have the correct qualifications. Word of mouth is often a good way to find a trainer suited to you. Ask for a trial session to make sure you get along with that person as you will be spending a lot of time with them.

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    Better summer guide

    Summer is a great time to get out and about, see family and friends, and have lighter, fresher meals. Whatever you have planned this summer, our better summer guide can support you to make the most of this wonderful season.

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