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Aussie tourist hotspot Bali has been hit with an outbreak of a dangerous, mosquito-borne brain disease called Japanese encephalitis. Local health authorities have warned Australian tourists to be careful with their travel plans as more cases of the disease are reported. Here's what you need to know if you're in Bali, know people who are or are planning a trip.


You might be missing out on some immune-system superpowers that are yours for the asking at your local GP. Besides protecting yourself -- who wants chicken pox and tetanus? -- staying up-to-date on shots helps to keep dangerous germs out of circulation and away from others.


New Australian research has discovered that the most effective way to protect infants against influenza is to ensure the rest of the household have received their yearly flu shot. Giving up smoking and limiting the number of people inside the house can also significantly reduce a baby's risk of infection.


Diarrhoeal mortality is decreasing by about 4 per cent per year, although the disease remains unacceptably rife, resulting in about 800,000 child fatalities worldwide annually. New research has found that the majority of cases are caused by just four pathogen types -- Rotavirus, Cryptosporidium, ETEC and Shigella.


2013 is shaping up to be another bumper year for colds, flus and noroviruses with medical officials predicting a similar or greater outbreak level to 2012. Here's what you need to know about the impending sniffle season.


Australian public health experts have hit out at the way influenza vaccines for children are evaluated and licensed. According to the authors, new immunisation drugs are not tested with enough diligence.


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking a homeopathy website to court for claiming that the whooping cough vaccine is dangerous and ineffective. The consumer watchdog accuses Homeopathy Plus! of making misleading and deceptive statements that could lead to serious health risks for consumers.


I'll admit I was guilty of believing this myself: that getting a flu vaccine usually meant you'd feel a bit ill for a couple of days because the vaccination effectively gave you a mild dose of the flu. Turns out that's absolute garbage.