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COVID-19 vaccine update
COVID 19 VACCINE IN A NUTSHELL
Is it safe to have the vaccine?
Yes. Hundreds of millions of people already had it. Side effects are very rare.
Can I choose the vaccine brand?
Yes, currently in Australia, three vaccines are available. Astrazenica, Moderna and Pfizer.
Is it free?
It is completely free through Australian government.
I am over 60 years of age. Which vaccine will I get?
Now you can choose the vaccine, but please talk to your GP.
I am under 60 years of age. Which vaccine should I have?
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are currently available for you in Australia.
When should I have my second dose?
- Pfizer in 3-6 weeks - Astrazenica in 4-12 weeks - Moderna in 4 weeks
How long will immunity last from vaccine?
It is uncertain at this stage.
What about blood clots?
1 in 100,000 chance of having clots with Astrazenica vaccine and it is more common in younger people.
Any new vaccine is coming to Australia?
Australia ordered millions of Novavax. It showed promising results in preliminary studies. It will be available later this year if it gets approved.
Do I have to have a third booster dose?
It is likely that you may have to have one. Health authorities are yet to decide details.
CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus are a family of viruses that cause illnesses from the common cold to severe illnesses,
typically they infect animals but a few affect humans like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MER-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The coronavirus currently causing concern is known as 2019-nCoV. It is a new strain that has not previously been identified in humans.
WHY IS THE VIRUS CONCERNING HEALTH AUTHORITIES?
Some coronaviruses can have severe death tolls. The MER-coV virus has a fatality rate of 26 per cent, SARS had a fatality rate of 12 per cent.
This compares to the fatality rate for the influenza virus of less than one per cent. To date the new 2019 nCoV coronavirus has killed nine
people so it is so far not as severe as these more worrying coronaviruses.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS?
The symptoms could be as mild as a common cold but in severe cases it the virus can cause severe pneumonia, fever and shortness of breath.
WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
The virus originated in the city of Wuhan in China the first cases were identified in people who travelled to local food
markets and one theory is it was transmitted from animals to some of the humans who visited the market.
IS HUMAN TO HUMAN TRANSMISSION POSSIBLE?
Chinese health authorities have confirmed the virus is now being transmitted from human to human. A number of health workers in China contracted the virus from sick patients.
HOW CAN YOU CATCH IT?
The virus could be transmitted in droplets in the breath of infected people or could be transmitted if they leave traces of the virus on door handles or railings
they have touched that are subsequently touched by others.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF?
Wearing a face mask could help if the virus is transmitted through the air. Washing hands with soapy water regularly and using alcohol based hand disinfectants
available in supermarkets can help prevent the spread.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE A COLD-LIKE VIRUS?
If you have been in contact with anyone who has recently travelled to China or an infected country who has been ill you should go to your doctor and get tested.
Stay at home and don’t use public transport to minimise spreading the infection.
IS THERE A TEST FOR THE VIRUS?
The US has developed a fast test for the virus and is in the process of sharing it with other countries. Results can be returned within a day.
WHAT IS THE INCUBATION PERIOD?
It could take between seven to 10 days after you are infected before symptoms of the virus emerge.
IS THERE A VACCINE?
Currently there is no vaccine but the National Institute of Health in the US is working on one. It could take months before it can be trialled.
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the University of Queensland has government funding for epidemic preparedness and may be asked to help develop a vaccine
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE CORONA VIRUS?
PLEASE CALL YOUR GP OR CLOSEST HOSPITAL URGENTLY BEFORE VISITING THEM. (HEALTH AUTHORITIES MAY ARRANGE DEDICATED PHONE NUMBER)
If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
Myfamilydr is designed by Dr Lalith Baduraliya to provide accurate and reliable medical information, widely accepted by Australian doctors.
Dr Lalith Baduraliya MBBS FRACGP MACTM MFTM (Travel and Tropical Medicine) General Practitioner
Lalith graduated with MBBS in 2000 and did his GP training in Tasmania.
He is a fellow of the RACGP and has worked in rural Australia as well as metropolitan hospitals and general pracice.
He is an experienced clinical examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
He holds memberships in Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and Faculty of Travel Medicine.
Lalith is an accredited global yellow fever vaccine provider.
He is a writer and reviewer of Check magazine (published by the RACGP) for the education of GP's and trainees and has been
teaching medical students and trainees for over a decade.
He is well experienced in all aspects of general practice.
Lalith conducts regualr health education sessions for the geral public with SBS and has worked as a volunteer doctor locally as well as internationally.
He has been involved in research on carpel tunnel syndrome, occupational lung disease, haemorrhoids, asthma, thyroid disease and Thunderstorm Asthma
His special Interests are Child Health, Vaccinations, Travel Medicine, Cancer care and early detection, Skin Lesion removal and Mens Health.
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