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Health and immunisation

Every Wednesday (except public holidays) the Launceston City Council conducts free immunisation sessions for funded vaccines according to the National Immunisation Program Schedule.


Immunisation location and times
Council Customer Service Centre, Town Hall St John Street, Launceston
Time: Every Wednesday (except public holidays) 10.00am until 11.00am
Appointments are unnecessary, the service is free and the clinic is open during all school holidays.
 
Mowbray Health Clinic, Cnr Jellico and Beatty Streets, Mowbray (next to the Primary School)
Time: The second Tuesday of each month from 10.00am until 11.00am
Appointments are unnecessary, the service is free and the clinic is open during all school holidays.
  

School Immunisation Program
The Launceston City Council's immunisation team offer vaccinations at school each year. 
http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/immunisation/school_based_immunisation_program


Immunisation Schedule
The current schedule for children in northern Tasmania
http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/immunisation 


Community health organisations
Australian Red Cross

The Australian Red Cross offers first aid courses and products available to everyone.
A self-funded charitable organisation dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger.
 


Mould information
Mould growth can become a problem inside the home when mould spores land on moist or wet surfaces.
 
Moisture in your home can come from many sources. Moisture can enter your home by leaking or seeping through ceilings, walls or floors. Showering, cooking, cleaning, laundry activities and simply breathing can also add moisture to the air in your home. A cold room does not allow the moisture in the air to dry out. This moisture condenses on windows, walls and furnishings, providing an ideal environment for mould growth.
 
Health effects
Moulds can produce allergens, irritants and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Mould exposure may irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs. Inhaling or touching mould may cause allergic reactions in some people. Symptoms of allergic reactions may include hay fever type symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and dermatitis. Mould may trigger asthma attacks in people with asthma.
 
How to control mould growth
The key to mould control is moisture control. If mould is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mould promptly and fix the moisture problem.
  • Remove moist (humid) air by leaving a window open or installing and using exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchen and laundries.
  • Maintain natural ventilation to rooms where unfled gas or oil heaters are in use.
  • Dry clothes outside.
  • Wipe excess moisture from windows and other surfaces.
  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows when practical, particularly rooms susceptible to mould problems, eg southern side of house.
  • Open curtains to allow the sun to warm the house.
  • Increase the air temperature using heating appliances.
  • Treat the mould with a proprietory mould control chemical. Take precautions when cleaning the mould: avoid breathing in mould and mould spores - you may wish to wear a mask, gloves and goggles. Make sure children do not have access to the chemical.
  • Alter landscaping around the home to encourage water drainage away from the walls.
  • Clean guttering to prevent back flow of rainwater.
  • install insulation.