Community Health Issues
To assist practitioners in understanding medical conditions with serious health implications, the following resources are provided for reference.
Influenza (the flu) is caused by a virus. It is more than just a bad cold and can occasionally lead to serious complications. Symptoms include high fever, sore throat, weakness, headache, muscle and joint pains and a cough. In some cases an infection with the flu can lead to long-term sequelae. Vulnerable people, including very young children and the elderly or those with an already compromised state of health, are more likely to develop serious complications.
Homœopathy has a long history dealing with flu outbreaks and the following articles shed some light on various types of flu that have occurred over the last 100 years.
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a serious, contagious, respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is particularly serious in young children. Whooping cough is a notifiable disease in all Australian States and Territories. This means that doctors, hospitals and laboratories are required by law to let the local public health unit know about each new case that is diagnosed.
Meningitis is an infection, by bacteria or viruses, of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It can cause death. Meningitis symptoms in babies and young children include fever, refusing feeds, fretfulness, being difficult to wake, purple–red skin rash or bruising, high moaning cry and pale or blotchy skin. Symptoms of meningitis in adults and older children include headache, fever, vomiting, neck stiffness and joint pains, drowsiness and confusion, purple–red skin rash or bruising and discomfort looking at bright lights (photophobia).