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AIR FORCE October 29, 2009
By CPL Corinne Boer
A VACCINE against the H1N1 in-
fluenza (also known as swine flu) is
now available to ADF members.
Panvax has been tested and
assessed as being safe and effective
and is registered in Australia by the
Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Senior Medical Adviser Military
Population Health -- Joint Health
Command, Dr Victoria Ross, said the
strain of influenza was still dominant in
the northern hemisphere.
"It has pretty much subsided in the
southern hemisphere and, in Australia,
flu levels are back to normal," Dr Ross
"We don't know how the virus will
behave in the future or when and how
it will mutate, so vaccination is encour-
aged as this is a new strain that people
don't have immunity to."
Dr Ross said influenza viruses mutat-
ed quite often, which was why a new
vaccine was produced every year.
Joint Health Command is highly rec-
ommending vaccination for those who
would benefit most from receiving the
vaccine including pregnant women and
people with chronic diseases, like asth-
ma or diabetes.
It is also highly recommended for ADF
health-care workers involved in direct
patient contact, recruits or trainees enter-
ing initial training establishments where
members live in close quarters and for
ADF members deploying, posting or trav-
elling to the northern hemisphere.
Joint Operations Command is work-
ing out the details for vaccinating per-
sonnel currently deployed.
Anyone wanting the vaccine should
contact their ADF health facility to find
out what the local arrangements are.
The vaccine is essentially the same as
the usual seasonal flu vaccine. Dr Ross
said side effects and precautions were
also the same.
"Common side effects can include
some soreness at the site of injection,
headache, mild fever, body aches and
fatigue for a short time after vaccina-
tion," she said.
More information can be found on the
JHC website at http://intranet.defence.
H1N1%20Influenza%2009 or the
Department of Health and Ageing
Health Emergency website at http://
Advice can also be sought from the
pandemic hotline on 180 2007.
MORE than 300 ADF veterans and
Defence civilians will take part in a
welcome home parade at the Australian
War Memorial in Canberra on Novem-
ber 21 to mark the end of Operation
The parade will also recognise the
contribution of ADF and Defence per-
sonnel to the stabilisation and rehabilita-
tion of Iraq.
Senior government figures will speak
at the parade. VIP guests will include
federal and territory ministers and oppo-
sition spokespersons, and ambassadors
of other countries involved in the Iraq
The parade will feature Australia's
Federation Guard and a number of stat-
ic displays of equipment used during
Operation Catalyst, including an Army
Bushmaster and ASLAV. A flypast is
After the parade, participants and
their families will be invited to an after-
noon tea at the Memorial.
Operation Catalyst was the ADF's
contribution to the US-led Multinational
Force effort to develop a secure and sta-
ble environment in Iraq and to assist
national recovery programs.
Australian forces first deployed to
Iraq in 2003. Servicemen and women
from all three services were deployed in
a range of combat and combat support
roles. This role then developed into a
security and training role to enable the
people of Iraq to take responsibility for
their own security.
Defence formally ended its military
commitment to the rehabilitation of Iraq
on July 31 this year.
More than 20,000 ADF person-
nel have seen service in Iraq as part of
Operation Catalyst between 2003 and
Anyone planning to attend the parade
as a spectator can register their inter-
est in attending by emailing defence.
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Welcome home parade for
Op Catalyst personnel
HEAVY LIFTING: FLGOFF Steven Hall, a pilot of one of 36SQN's C-17
aircraft in the Middle East.
Photos: SGT Andrew Hetherington
92WG aircraft life
support fitter CPL
serving with the
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