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Frequently Asked Questions about the flu vaccine:

1)      What is in the flu vaccine
The World Health Organization makes recommendations every year based on flu patterns and virulence of viruses and then advises which strains should be included in the flu vaccine. For the 2016 southern hemisphere, the following strains have been incorporated:
  • an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.
 

Why Probiotic supplementation is necessry for weight loss

The Probiotics in our gut have a great influence on the feeling of hunger and on cravings for food. It is also found that the microbial population in obese and lean people are different, and when an obese person loses weight and becomes lean - the gut micro-flora becomes similar to that found in a lean person. This proves that weight loss has a definite microbial component.

 

Read more: Why Probiotic supplementation is necessry for weight loss

   

Are you addicted to a ‘legal’ drug? Codeine addiction on the increase

Media release - 15 June 2015
When most people think about drug addiction they conjure up images of shady dealings on street corners.  However, the legal route that many people take to obtain an addictive opiate involves walking into a pharmacy and buying any number of medicines that contain codeine.
   

Vaccination campaign

The Department of Health (DoH) carries out two immunisation rounds every year. The first round covers polio and measles, and takes place between 29 April and 17 May. The second round covers only polio, and will run between 17 and 28 June. The DoH provides these vaccines free of charge to patients visiting public sector facilities. The vaccines are both Schedule 2 medicines, so they may also be sold in community pharmacies.
   

Vaccinations and the Flu Vaccine

It is better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Scientists are constantly researching viruses, micro-organisms and toxins to see if these merit producing a vaccine for. When the benefits of a vaccine outweigh the risks of the illness a vaccine is produced and put on to the countries vaccine schedule.

Read more: Vaccinations and the Flu Vaccine

   

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