It’s Red Nose Day on Friday 13th August

It’s Red Nose Day on Friday 13th August

Health Weeks

30-07-2021

Red Nose Day is major fundraising and awareness campaign for Red Nose. The First Red Nose Day was held in 1988 in Australia and since then it has become a beloved day for Australians to get silly and fundraise to help save little lives and support families.

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Do you have some questions about Covid 19 Vaccines?

Do you have some questions about Covid 19 Vaccines?

Pharmacy news

I’m Mitch Timms, pharmacist at Berwick Pharmacy and we are seeing first hand how interested many of our patients are in getting their Covid 19 vaccine. Lots of questions so here are a few of them with my answers. Please come into our our pharmacies at Berwick and Eden Rise if you need further information. Both pharmacies have been accredited to administer the Covid 19 vaccine (at this stage just the Astra Zeneca) and we are waiting now for the official starting date. You’ll be able to make a vaccination booking on our websites (Berwick Pharmacy or Eden Rise Pharmacy).
 
I’ll answer a few common questions in this post, beginning with the older ones.
 
1. COVID-19 is just like a cold or flu, why do we need to keep our distance and wear masks when we will recover in a few days?
Symptoms: Whilst the symptoms of COVID-19 present similiar to the cold or flu, it spreads much more rapidly, therefore higher portions of the population are infected, including out most vulnerable (the elderly), who are more likely to have severe symptoms, hospitalisations and die from COVID-19
 
2. Social distance and Masks: Whilst there is some evidence to suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted via air, the majority of transmissions is through droplets in the air, these are droplets that an infected patient expells from their mouth and nose can travel up to ~1 metre, this is why 1.5m distancing helps prevent transmission. Masks aid by trapping the droplets in the mask fibres and reducing the chance of transmission
 
3. I’ve been told to quarantine for 14 days, but I feel fine, why do I need to isolate if I don’t have any symptoms?
Whilst you don’t currently feel sick, you may become symptomatic in the next 11-12 days post exposure to COVID-19.
Some people don’t get symptoms, or only have mild symptoms, whilst they are still infectious, this can be passed on through fleeting contact with anyone else. Staying home for 14 days protects everyone, including your closest friends and family.

The best vaccine for you is the one you can get right now

The best vaccine for you is the one you can get right now

Health & Wellness

Author: Natasha Yates

Assistant Professor, General Practice, Bond University

Reprinted from The Conversation

 

If you are 18 or older, and in an area where there is a COVID-19 outbreak, the best vaccine for you is the one you can get right now. That possibly means you should get the AstraZeneca vaccine, as Pfizer is still in short supply.

This updated advice was given by ATAGI (the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation), the government’s expert vaccine advisory body, on July 24. Why would it change to recommending either AstraZeneca or Pfizer, after months of preferring Pfizer for younger people?

More young people are being hospitalised, in ICU and dying during this current outbreak in Australia, where the Delta strain is dominating.

Whether this is a function of the Delta strain being more dangerous to young people, or because older people are (as a group) more likely to be protected by already being vaccinated, remains a subject of debate.

 

Read more: Why is Delta such a worry? It’s more infectious, probably causes more severe disease, and challenges our vaccines


There is little argument, however, that the Delta strain is more infectious, which is why we want to vaccinate our population as quickly as possible.

So if you are 18 or older and have not been vaccinated yet, you may be asking whether getting an AstraZeneca vaccine right now is the right thing for you to do. To answer this we need to consider the benefits and risks of the AstraZeneca vaccination.

What do vaccines achieve?

When thinking about what any COVID-19 vaccine should achieve, there is an order of priority.

First, it should stop people who catch COVID-19 from dying.

Second, it should reduce risk of severe disease (symptoms bad enough to need ICU treatment).

Third, hospitalisations should go down.

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Vaccines need to protect people from death and severe disease. Shutterstock

If a vaccine is doing more than these three things, it is a bonus.

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Welcome to our newest brand, ASPAR.

Welcome to our newest brand, ASPAR.

Kiana Beauty Blog

22-07-2021

Welcome to our newest brand, ASPAR.
Created by @lyndallmitchell

 

Wellness expert and founder of @auroraspas , ASPAR products are “nature packed in a bottle”.

Nourish your skin and your senses with this carefully curated range, and create a day spa experience in your own home.
photo credit @aspar_aus

 
 
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Tips on dealing with stress

Tips on dealing with stress

Health & Wellness

It’s been a challenging year. We’ve all been through a lot. If you’re struggling, remember, you’re not alone.
Whether you want to keep busy to get through this, or you just feel like checking out for a bit, do what you need to. You can’t be there for your loved ones, your community or your house plants, if you aren’t taking the time to nourish yourself.
There is no one-size-fits-all option, so see what works for you – it could be reading a book, eating something green or calling a friend to vent.
 
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We are still open but remember to wear your mask

We are still open but remember to wear your mask

Pharmacy news

We’re open as normal during the Covid shutdown but please remember to wear your mask in the pharmacy. This protects you and of course others.

It’s hard not to touch your face mask once it’s on, but it’s important in preventing the spread of disease.

So how do you avoid touching your mask? The best place to start is with a mask that fits well.

Pinch the wire over your nose so that it fits snugly, and adjust the straps so that they are tight enough to comfortably hold the mask in place over your mouth and nose.

Hint: You might need to tie a loop in the elastic on both sides if it is too long, or snip and re-sew if you are handy with a needle and thread.

And if you absolutely need to adjust your mask or scratch your nose? Thoroughly wash or sanitise your hands immediately afterwards.

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Wonder ingredient for dry skin

Wonder ingredient for dry skin

Kiana Beauty Blog

05-07-2021

Shea butter is a wonder ingredient for dry skin, and definitely something to have within arm’s reach in the colder months.
How many L’Occitane moisturising creams do you own?
photo credit @loccitaneaus

 
 
 
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National Diabetes Week 2021 runs from 11 – 17 July 

National Diabetes Week 2021 runs from 11 – 17 July 

Health Weeks

In 2021, we are continuing our Heads Up campaign which focuses on the mental and emotional health of people living with diabetes. This year, the spotlight is on diabetes stigma and mental health. 

  • More than 4 in 5 people with diabetes have experienced diabetes stigma. 
  • Nearly 50 per cent of people with diabetes have experienced mental health challenges in the last 12 months. 

Stigma affects all aspects of life for people with diabetes, including their mental health and wellbeing.  

People experience diabetes stigma when they are blamed for having diabetes, while managing diabetes such as injecting insulin in public and when they experience the affects and complications of diabetes such as low blood sugar. 

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