Vaccinations for older people

Older people should be vaccinated against influenza, pneumococcal disease and shingles - 3 common but potentially dangerous diseases. Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough boosters are also recommended.

Seniors' Health

Dengue fever

Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical areas, including north Queensland. Most people recover fully, but the severe form - dengue haemorrhagic fever - can be fatal.

Travel Health


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

First Aid & Self-Care

Familial hypercholesterolaemia

Familial hypercholesterolaemia is an inherited (genetic) condition in which affected members of a family have high levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in their blood.

Heart & Stroke

Insect sting allergy

The most common allergic reactions come with stings from bees, wasps and ants. The degree of allergy varies widely, however, most people experiencing only mild symptoms are not considered allergic.


Glycaemic index

The glycaemic index (GI) ranks carbohydrates by how quickly your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels will rise after eating that food.

Nutrition & Weight

Saturated fat

Saturated fats are usually solid or waxy at room temperature and some saturated fatty acids can increase your cholesterol level and put you at increased risk of heart disease.

Nutrition & Weight


Iodine is important for your thyroid gland, and iodine deficiency can cause problems, especially in unborn and newborn babies. Find out how to ensure your iodine intake is adequate.

Nutrition & Weight

Neuropathic pain

Find out all about neuropathic pain, nerve pain, which is usually described as a shooting, stabbing or burning pain, with


Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) causes people to feel anxious at the prospect of everyday social interactions and causes symptoms such as trembling and sweating.

Mental Health

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is when your kidneys are not working properly due to kidney damage that has developed over months or years. One in 10 people in Australia has chronic kidney disease.

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