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- If you are a man, have regular medical check-ups.
- They can help you stay healthy, talk about any concerns and pick up early warning signs of disease or illness
- Screening tests may help your doctor to detect diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers in their early stages.
- If you are at high risk of a particular disease, get tested for that disease regularly, regardless of your age.
The best vaccine for you is the one you can get right now30-07-2021
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.
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.
If a vaccine is doing more than these three things, it is a bonus.
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It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health05-07-2021
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.