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    Your flu shot matters more than ever

    We encourage everyone to take every possible step to help stop the spread of flu this winter. This will help protect our health system and our most vulnerable populations.

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    It's time to talk about Mental Health

    Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime but too many people don’t speak up for fear of stigma and discrimination. It’s time to start a new conversation - mental health is something which affects us all.

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    Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    As of December 2019, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a newly identified virus that can cause respiratory illness, including pneumonia.

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    Cancer and COVID-19

    COVID-19 is especially difficult for Australians undergoing cancer treatment. Visit Cancer Council Victoria for more information about cancer and COVID-19, and for updates about its support services.

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    Staying connected

    Being socially connected with people we care about and whose company we enjoy can help us cope with stress and reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression.

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  • Time-to-Immunise - Hep A, B, and C Campaign

    Time to immunise

    To stop the spread of the hepatitis A, the Department of Health and Human Services has introduced a free hepatitis A vaccination for all Victorians who have used drugs within the past 12 months and people who are experiencing homelessness.

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    Cosmetic procedures

    Like any form of surgery, cosmetic procedures need a specialist surgeon trained in the procedure, including appropriate recovery time, healing and proper care. Find out how you can choose a qualified and reputable medical practitioner for your procedure.

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    Child health

    In the first five years life, a child’s brain and body develops more quickly than at any other time. When babies are young, their learning and development mostly happens within the family at home.

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    Avoid food poisoning - cook safe

    Learn how to handle food safety to avoid food poisoning - watch Brian, Bobby, Billy and Bernie bacteria as they remind us how to keep bacteria at bay.

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    Keeping backyard chickens – What you should know

    Keeping chickens as pets can be a rewarding experience, especially for children. However, chickens and other poultry can carry germs such as Salmonella, even when they appear healthy and clean.

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    Mushroom poisoning

    Australia has many varieties of wild-growing fungi, some of which are poisonous or even deadly. The only way to tell whether a wild mushroom is safe to eat is to have it identified by a mushroom expert. If you are unsure if a mushroom is safe to eat, don’t eat it.

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    Tooth decay

    Time to take a closer look at your supermarket purchases. Being healthy is something that most of us aim for, but all your good work could be being undone by sugars lurking in the depths of many of the processed food items. This year’s Dental Health Week is focusing on what’s really in your food, and how sugar can negatively affect your dental health.

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    Gene therapy

    Today is Jeans for Genes day. 1 in 20 kids face a birth defect or genetic disease, and 30% of children’s hospital admissions are due to genetic disorders. Gene therapy is a method of curing genetic diseases by correcting the cause, by fixing an error in our DNA.

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