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
a very common cause of headaches
All adults over 65 (Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders over
- Adults with
heart, lung and kidney diseases and diabetes.
with congenital heart diseases.
taking medication which reduces the immunity.
In our high pressure society it is not surprising that 2 out of 3
people suffer from 'tension type' headaches.
Stress causes these
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
Relaxation therapies or stress management may be helpful for some
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
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
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
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
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