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Smallpox

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Smallpox (Variola) - Factsheets

Smallpox last appeared in Australia in 1938, and the last case naturally occurring cases in the world was reported from Somalia in 1977. The virus is now only held officially in two secure laboratories. Any reappearance of smallpox is likely to be the result of bioterrorism, but the risk of this is extremely low.

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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Vaccination against a range of bacterial and viral diseases is an integral part of communicable disease control world-wide. Vaccination against a specific disease not only reduces the incidence of that disease, it reduces the social and economic burden of the disease on communities. Very high immunisation coverage can lead to complete blocking of transmission for many vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). The world-wide eradication of smallpox and the near eradication of polio from many countries provide excellent examples of the role of immunisation in disease control.

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Brain Foundation | Transverse Myelitis

Transverse Myelitis Transverse Myelitis Description Transverse myelitis is an inflammatory disorder of the spinal cord leading to loss of muscle power, sensory symptoms (pins and needles) and bladder and bowel dysfunction

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Kids' Health - Topics - Chickenpox

Lots of little kids call this disease chickenpops, and I suppose that's easy to understand, as the spots sort of pop out on the skin for several days!

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Biologic treatments used in dermatology - ACD

Biologics are medications made from human or animal proteins. They are designed to specifically target biologic pathways that cause inflammation in the skin and other organs.

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Vaccination - myDr.com.au

Vaccination is one of the most important public health measures in the world. Find out how vaccination works and about childhood and adult immunisations.

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Immunise - Why Immunise

Why Immunise Page last updated: 21 April 2017 Immunisation is one of the best ways to protect yourself, your children and safeguard the health of future generations

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Notifiable disease reporting :: SA Health

When and how clinicians should notify SA Health of the occurance of notifiable diseases under the Public & Environmental Health Act

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Infections - bacterial and viral | Better Health Channel

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Kids' Health - Topics - Immunisation - keeping safe from diseases

Immunisation (say im-you-ny-zay-shun) means putting a special type of substance (a vaccine) into your body so that your body can learn how to fight an infection. That way, you will be protected (or immune) from getting sick if someone around you has the germs for that infection. There are immunisations for many different infections, including some rather nasty ones. Immunisation is an easy and very safe way of protecting you. Immunisations are usually given as an injection (by a needle in your arm or leg) or sometimes as a medicine that you drink.

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