Flu shots free for elderly
The flu vaccine is now available free for all people aged 65 and older. It is now time to have your injection to protect against winter epidemics.

The flu (influenza) is a serious viral
infection which usually lasts 2 - 7 days. It generally causes a

sudden onset of fever, marked by tiredness,
cough, sore throat, headache and aches and pains.
You should no have the flu injection if you are allergic to eggs, are pregnant or are sick with a fever.

People at greatest risk

  • All adults over 65 (Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders over 50)
  • Adults with heart, lung and kidney diseases and diabetes.
  • Children with congenital heart diseases.
  • Patients taking medication which reduces the immunity.
Tension: a very common cause of headaches
In our high pressure society it is not surprising that 2 out of 3 people suffer from 'tension type' headaches.

Stress causes these

headaches by tightening the scalp muscles. Sometimes the trigger is an obvious upset, such as an argument or just due to the normal stress of every day life.
Try to prevent tension type headaches by keeping in shape. Get some regular exercise, have adequate rest and eat a healthy diet.
Simple pain killers are effective in some cases, but should not be overused.
Relaxation therapies or stress management may be helpful for some patients.

Pap smears: are you up-to-date?
All women who have ever been sexually active need a pap smear

every 2 years until the age of 70. The first test is done between 18 and 20, or one or two years after you have intercourse, whichever is later.
Pap smears are done to find changes on the cervix before they turn into cancer. These changes can usually be treated very effectively.

Who can be affected by Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones have less calcium, have become fragile and then to break more easily. Osteoporosis afflicts one in two females and one in three

males over the age of sixty.
The hormonal changes that accompany menopause accelerate the loss of calcium. Your bones comprise a hard outer shell covering a less dense tissue resembling honeycomb. When osteoporosis develops, the outer bone shell becomes thin and weak, and the 'honeycomb' develops larger holes, weakening the bones and increasing the risk of fracture. Serious complications may occur when bones are fractured, particularly in hip fractures.

Genital herpes can be treated

One in five Australian adults is infected with genital herpes. Although herpes cannot be cured, effective treatments and prevention are now available.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. It causes red spots followed by painful blisters or ulcers, which develop crusts and heal in 7 - 14 days. Herpes can also cause redness, cracks, burning or itching.
While the first episode can be quite severe, many attacks are mild and pass unnoticed. In fact, many people have genital herpes without realising it.
Using condoms at all times is the best way to prevent spreading or catching herpes.
Several new anti-viral drugs are now available. A short course of tablets will reduce the length of attacks and lessen the pain and discomfort.

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