Recreational water users and pool and spa owners warned of disease risk

Recreational water users and pool and spa owners warned of disease risk

As the weather warms up, recreational water users and pool and spa owners are reminded to make sure the water is properly treated and maintained to protect swimmers from the deadly amoebic meningitis. Amoebic meningitis is a rare but fatal infection caused by Naegleria fowleri and can be contracted when either fresh or poorly treated water contaminated with amoeba enters the nose. The infection can affect people at any age. Children and young adults are usually more susceptible to the infection due to their recreational water use and activities. Amoeba typically grows in warm water temperatures between 28 degrees and 40 degrees...

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It's time to replace your asbestos roofing

It's time to replace your asbestos roofing

WA Health is urging Western Australian homeowners to replace – not repair – their old asbestos roofs. Most asbestos cement roofs are over 40 years old and have reached the end of their serviceable life. Of all asbestos building materials, roof sheeting is usually in the poorest condition as it is directly exposed to sun, wind, rain and hail, and often damaged by moss and lichen that grows on its surface. To seal or coat a product the surface first needs to be safely cleaned and this may be virtually impossible for roofs that have not been maintained over time and/or that...

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Participants sought for COVID-19 vaccination study

Participants sought for COVID-19 vaccination study

Planning to receive your COVID-19 vaccination and interested in participating in a study? Researchers at PathWest and WA Health are looking for volunteers who are intending to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations to participate in a COVID-19 Immunity Biobank study investigating the immunity and immune response of those receiving the vaccine. Participants who would like to participate will be asked to provide blood and saliva samples at up to 8 study visits held at Fiona Stanley Hospital over a period of 1-2 years. Parking vouchers will be provided if required. For more information on the Western Australian COVID-19 Immunity Collaborative (WACIC)...

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Roll up to vaccinate – when it’s your turn

Roll up to vaccinate – when it’s your turn

A new campaign is rolling out across the State encouraging Western Australians to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. The 'Roll up for WA' campaign will feature across TV, digital, outdoor, print and radio channels. People aged 50 years and over are eligible to book an appointment and receive the AstraZeneca vaccine from Perth metropolitan COVID-19 vaccination community clinics and a number of regional public hospital-based vaccination clinics. Bookings for the above clinics can be made by calling 13 COVID (13 26843) selecting option 3, option 1, option 1. It is recommended that people...

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When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine? Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines will become available in phases. Learn about priority groups and who will receive the first doses of the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines – priority rollout This video describes how vaccines will be rolled out, and who they will go to first. Read transcript Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines will become available in phases. Priority groups have been identified using public health, medical and epidemiological evidence. This includes people that would be at higher risk of serious illness if they contracted COVID-19, and those most likely to be exposed to it. COVID-19 vaccine national...

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Flu vs. COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Flu vs. COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Seasonal influenza (the flu) and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are viral respiratory infections that can cause mild to severe illness. Both illnesses can cause complications that may require hospitalization, especially in older adults and people of any age with certain underlying health conditions. In some cases, the complications can even be fatal. While the illnesses share some characteristics, they are unique viruses with important differences. Here's what you need to know about the flu and COVID-19. How the illnesses spread Flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 are contagious, and mainly spread between people through tiny respiratory droplets when...

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