There are measles outbreaks in various countries around the world, and occasional cases in Australia. Measles vaccine is free for anyone born after 1966 who is not sure they received 2 doses of the vaccine in childhood.
Measles vaccine is usually given to children at 12 and 18 months as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Children who are travelling to countries with a measles outbreak can have the vaccine from 6 months old. (They will still need the routine doses at 12 and 18months).
There are now a number of tests available before pregnancy and in early pregnancy, and it can get quite confusing! The website Maternity Matters has lots of current and accurate information for women in Australia who are pregnant.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. There is a government-funded screening program being phased in. By early 2019, everyone from 50-74years old will get a BowelScreen kit in the mail every 2 years. You can collect a sample in the privacy of your own home and post it back for testing. The results are sent to you and your GP. If bowel cancer is detected early it is treatable.
Did you know that children should remain in a booster seat while travelling in cars until they are 145cm? The law states that children can travel without a booster when they reach age 7 but most children at this age are too small to sit safely in an adult seat. Adult seats place them at high risk of severe injury in a crash. See VicRoads for more information.