Reason to join library

Reason to join library

Canoe slalom world champion Jessica Fox and Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler launched the council's library summer membership drive last week.

Half of Penrith residents are library members.

Joining the library is free, and if you sign up this summer, you get a free library bag and go in the draw to win an iPad, a pass to Penrith Whitewater Stadium or theatre tickets.

The membership drive runs until the end of February.

Details: penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/library or visit your local branches.

Warning to be alert

for signs of measles

Western Sydney Local Health District urges the public to be alert for measles symptoms after a young adult was diagnosed with the condition at Westmead Hospital earlier this month.

Measles is highly infectious and is spread through coughing and sneezing.

Symptoms include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears.

Complications range from an ear infection to pneumonia or swelling of the brain.

Children should receive two doses of vaccine, one at 12 months and the second at 18 months. Children over 18 months who have not had their second dose of measles vaccine can be vaccinated now.

Anyone born after 1965 should have two doses of vaccine (at least four weeks apart).

If you haven't already been immunised, the Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccine is free through GPs for people born after 1965.

Details: health.nsw.gov.au.

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