WA to pilot national food allergy prevention project
WA will be the main pilot region for the National Allergy Strategy Food Allergy Prevention Project, which was launched in Perth on 27 August 2018.
The project, titled 'Nip Allergies in the Bub' is the first in the world to promote feeding children the common allergy causing foods by one year of age, to help prevent food allergy developing.
To find out more, visit the Nip Allergies in the Bub website or speak to your GP.
Meningococcal on the rise in WA
There has been a dramatic increase in cases of meningococcal in WA over the last 2 years, with 46 cases reported in 2017 compared to 23 in 2016 and already 19 cases reported in WA for 2018.
Read our latest blog on the disease here. You can also download our Fact Sheet on Meningococcal and view our Useful Guide to Meningococcal Vaccines to find out more about the disease and how best to prevent it.
Illawarra's Dr Alan Leeb develops smart system to monitor immunisation reactions
In response to adverse reactions to the 2010 flu vaccine, Illawarra Medical Centre's principal GP, Dr Alan Leeb, devised the SmartVax system, which texts a patient or parent of a child who has had a vaccination to ask if they have had a reaction to the jab.
SmartVax is unique in that it uses SMS and smartphone technology to actively monitor vaccine safety in real time, something that had previously not been done in Australia.
Since its launch in 2014, SmartVax has seen increasing take up by health professionals across Australia and the program is used by the Illawarra Medical Centre for monitoring vaccine safety with patients who have recently had any vaccinations or immunisations.
For more information about the program, visit the SmartVax website.
To read Dr Alan Leeb's profile, click here . . .