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

30-07-2021

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.

Woman in a mask at a supermarket looks at her smartphone.
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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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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It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health

It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health

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Victorians have faced some tough times lately – from droughts to bushfires to a global pandemic. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve been through – everyone needs help from time to time.

Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, but most people still feel too uncomfortable and uncertain to talk about it. 

The Victorians featured in It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health have shared their stories to illustrate how we can all experience different mental health challenges.

If you or someone you know is struggling – don’t wait. It’s always the right time to talk about mental health.

You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636. In an emergency, call 000.

Stay safe everyone!

Stay safe everyone!

Health & Wellness

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It’s time to reach out for our facemasks again – from 6pm Tuesday 25th May until further notice, masks will be mandatory for all shoppers at Eden Rise Village (apart from those with exemptions of children under 12).
For the sake of our community, please remember to practice social distancing and sanitize your hands on entry to the centre.
We thank you for your support and co-operation. 

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Cancer screening is testing a group of people in the population for signs of cancer in order to find it in the early stages, before it causes symptoms. Early detection is key to successful treatment.
Screening tests are offered to people who may have an increased risk of a particular cancer because of their age, sex or other factors.
In Australia we routinely screen for three types of cancer: bowel, cervical and breast.
If you have received a reminder for cancer screening, no matter how long ago you received it, make your appointment today.
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Some germs can be effectively removed from our hands by using hand sanitiser. Others can’t.
For example, hand sanitiser does not work well to prevent the spread of gastro.
So if someone in your household is sick with gastro, the best way to prevent the spread is by washing your hands the old-fashioned way, with soap and water.
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The flu (Influenza)

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  • Influenza is a viral disease that causes widespread illness every year.
  • Immunising people who are at risk of complications from the flu is the most important way we have to reduce the number of flu infections and deaths.
  • Influenza immunisation is recommended for people in known high-risk groups.
  • People who work or live with people who are at risk of serious complications should also be immunised to avoid spreading the flu.
  • The vaccine cannot give you a dose of flu because it does not contain any live virus.

Read the full fact sheet

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One school-based service you might not immediately think of as being impacted by the ups and downs of the 2020 Victorian school year is the Secondary School Immunisation Program. Important vaccines are usually delivered on school grounds to students in Year 7 and Year 10 but the usual schedule was impacted by the move to off-site learning. Catch-up programs are on their way, but in the meantime, parents – you can make sure your teen doesn’t miss out on vaccines they were due this year by checking with your local council immunisation service or your GP.