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Hearing perfectly, but
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Age, noise and also some
medications all affect the high
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If you develop such a loss,
you may still hear deeper
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most male voices) leading
you to believe that you may
still hear well.
However, even a very slight
change to the region of the
cochlear that processes high
pitched sounds may mean that
you no longer hears sounds
like 'f', 's', 'th'or with
slightly more deterioration
If you catch yourself
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Sarah Henry prepares her
son Zavier Sands, 9
weeks, to be immunised by
maternal and child health
nurse Judy Barnes at
Lanyon Family Care
Picture: Elesa Lee
CHILDREN who are starting school for
the first time must be immunised against
infectious diseases before they com-
mence, the ACT Health Department
"It is important for children to be
immunised before starting school as
immunisation protects children against
vaccine preventable diseases if a case
occurs at the school," a spokeswoman
"A high rate of immunisation cover-
age in school children prevents the
spread of a vaccine preventable disease
and therefore outbreaks are less likely."
To be fully immunised for school
children must have received all vaccina-
tions for their age -- including tetanus,
diphtheria, whooping cough, measles,
mumps and rubella.
If a child has not been immunised
against these diseases and falls ill, the
symptoms are different.
Fever, respiratory symptoms, a cough
and rash are common with measles, and
if a child displays any of these indicators,
they should be immediately assessed by
The spokeswoman said outbreaks had
occurred in ACT schools in recent years,
including whooping cough and measles.
"The Health Directorate is responsible
for the investigation of the disease in
order to control or prevent the spread in
the school and the community," she said.
"This includes taking any necessary
public health action such as recommen-
ding immunisation, excluding children
from school, provision of information
and advice, and other strategies that help
to limit the spread of the disease."
Parents are encouraged to speak with
their GP about immunising their child
before they start school. They may be
eligible to receive an allowance or
payment from Centrelink when their
child meets their required immunisation
and health check requirements.
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