Child Care News for Parents August 12, 2015 -®
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August 12, 2015
Whooping cough outbreaks are on the increase this year, with several very nasty outbreaks in schools across the country. This disease can be fatal for babies, so read why you need to vaccinate. A weekend to end women's cancers encourages companies to get involved in weekend events across the country to raise money for gynaecological cancers. Find out how you can participate.
Anti-vaccination trend blamed for whooping cough outbreaks
Earlier in the year, parents were warned of a sharp increase in whooping cough outbreaks in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. And in June 19, schoolchildren in the Brisbane area contracted the potentially deadly disease. Cases across the country are up between 100 and 300 per cent depending on the state.

Infectious diseases expert Professor Matthew Cooper attributed the outbreak to an anti-vaccination trend.

"It's unfortunately just part of a growing trend that many people have decided not to immunise," he said.

"We've seen this with other diseases that are more serious than pertussis, but unfortunately the more people who choose not to immunize, the more likely it is we'll get outbreaks."
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A weekend to end women's cancers
Get your company involved
The Weekend to End Women's Cancers™ is a two-day, fully supported walking adventure. The event is not a race and is open to all fitness levels. It's 60 kilometres over two days and participants will walk alongside many cancer survivors, as well as others who have been touched by cancer.

There are four different weekends across the country, each benefitting a different cancer charity:
  • Brisbane - 24/25 October - benefitting the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Sydney - 7/8 November 2015 - Efforts in NSW will support Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.
  • Perth - 2/3 April, 2016 - Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
  • Melbourne - 16/17 April, 2016 - benefitting Peter Mac (Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation)
The Weekend to End Women's Cancers™ is simply a Weekend to remember those lives we have lost to breast or gynecologic cancer and a weekend to celebrate the lives survivors and an opportunity for individuals to engage with each other and form a team if they wish.
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