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Dr. Vicky Sheppeard

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Director of Communicable Diseases

NSW Health
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NSW Inc
Level 27, Governor Macquarie Tower 1 Farrer Place
Sydney , New South Wales 2000
Australia

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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director ...
www.australianfilipina.com, 18 Oct 2014 [cached]
Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health, said measles is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised.
"Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing, and is one of the most contagious infections known," Dr Sheppeard said.
NSW Health's Director of the ...
bigmedicine.ca, 28 April 2015 [cached]
NSW Health's Director of the Communicable Diseases Branch, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, is urging travellers to check their measles vaccination status before going overseas. "Diseases such as measles remain common in many countries and without vaccination you can become infected while traveling, and then spread the disease to other susceptible people. In 2015, three of the six cases of measles in NSW have been acquired in India," said Dr Sheppeard. "Measles is highly infectious and contagious for people who are not fully immunised. It is easily spread through coughing and sneezing. If you are not fully immunised or intend to travel overseas make sure you talk to your GP about measles vaccination," she said. Symptoms of measles can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes, which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears. Complications can range from ear infection to pneumonia or swelling of the brain. "The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically around 10 days but it can be as long as 18 days, so people who were exposed to these two cases could have symptoms already or develop them over the next week," Dr Sheppeard said.
Back to school asthma warning
www.nursesreg.health.nsw.gov.au, 2 Oct 2006 [cached]
NSW Health's Senior Environmental Health Policy Officer, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said research has shown that in previous years visits to hospitals for asthma have peaked in February - about two weeks after school starts.
"We have seen a very high number of emergency visits and admissions for children suffering from asthma in February compared to other months in the year.
"Data since 1993 shows dramatic rises in emergency department presentations for asthma every two to three years in NSW with peaks in 1996, 1999 and 2001."
"At this stage we are unable to predict which years an asthma peak is likely to occur, therefore it is vital that parents of children with asthma are aware of the potential increased risk," said Dr Sheppeard.
JESSICA KIDD: Dr Macartney says some ...
www.abc.net.au, 30 April 2015 [cached]
JESSICA KIDD: Dr Macartney says some of the lowest areas for measles immunisation are the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs, the Yarra Valley in Victoria, the New South Wales North Coast and Fremantle in Western Australia.
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Dr Vicky Sheppeard is the director of Communicable Diseases with New South Wales Health.
She says one of the state's biggest outbreaks in July 2012 was triggered by one person.
VICKY SHEPPEARD: By visiting doctors and emergency departments, it spread to others, which then, because it happened in a community where the population didn't have high levels of vaccination, then we reached about 170 cases arising from one person.
JESSICA KIDD: Dr Sheppeard concedes conscientious objectors do contribute to low immunisations rates.
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VICKY SHEPPEARD: Either they don't understand the system or because during their travels - and that could be a traumatic travel period with refugees - they may have missed out on opportunities for their children to be vaccinated.
NSW Health's Director of the ...
bigmedicine.ca [cached]
NSW Health's Director of the Communicable Diseases Branch, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, is urging travellers to check their measles vaccination status before going overseas. "Diseases such as measles remain common in many countries and without vaccination you can become infected while traveling, and then spread the disease to other susceptible people. In 2015, three of the six cases of measles in NSW have been acquired in India," said Dr Sheppeard. "Measles is highly infectious and contagious for people who are not fully immunised. It is easily spread through coughing and sneezing. If you are not fully immunised or intend to travel overseas make sure you talk to your GP about measles vaccination," she said. Symptoms of measles can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes, which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears. Complications can range from ear infection to pneumonia or swelling of the brain. "The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically around 10 days but it can be as long as 18 days, so people who were exposed to these two cases could have symptoms already or develop them over the next week," Dr Sheppeard said.
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Dr Sheppeard, Director, Communicable Diseases Branch, NSW Health, said should any children or staff have a positive skin test, a chest x-ray examination and specialist medical review will be arranged.
Information sessions have been organised for parents for Wednesday evening and specialist TB nurses and public health staff are speaking directly with parents to give them full information about testing and treatment options, answer questions and arrange testing and assessment.
"TB usually affects the lungs. Typically, it is spread through the air by coughing from people who have active tuberculosis. Fortunately, treatment for tuberculosis is highly effective," said Dr Sheppeard.
"Tuberculosis is a common disease worldwide. In Australia, about 1,200 cases are diagnosed each year making it a relatively uncommon condition here," said Dr Sheppeard.
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"The campaign will start in July at the beginning of term three and will be offered to more than 140 NSW public schools," Dr Sheppeard said.
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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health said that measles is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised. "Measles is highly infectious and is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears. Complications can range from an ear infection to pneumonia or swelling of the brain," Dr Sheppeard said.
She advised that anyone who participated in or attended the competition be alert for symptoms of measles. The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically around 10 days but can be as long as 18 days, so there may be other cases in the community now, or secondary cases could be developing in the contacts of people who attended the event.
Dr Sheppeard advised those who attended the event and have developed symptoms of measles to contact their local public health unit or phone ahead to their local doctor if requiring medical attention. "If you have symptoms of measles please phone ahead when seeking medical attention to ensure you don't share the waiting area with other patients," Dr Sheppeard said.
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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases Branch, said in one case the bat that bit one of those people was later confirmed to have the potentially deadly lyssavirus.
"This highlights the importance of avoiding bat bites and scratches. Lyssavirus infection can result in a rabies-like illness which if not prevented is fatal," Dr Sheppeard said.
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Dr Sheppeard said there are some important steps to follow if you come into contact with a bat.
"If someone is bitten or scratched by any type of bat they should thoroughly clean the wound for at least five minutes with soap and water as soon as possible, apply an antiseptic such as Betadine, and seek urgent medical advice," Dr Sheppeard said.
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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health, said that measles is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised.
"Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears. Complications can range from an ear infection and diarrhoea to pneumonia or swelling of the brain," Dr Sheppeard said.
Dr Sheppeard said that people aged up to 47 years who have not received two doses of measles vaccine are particularly susceptible to measles, however those born before 1966 are usually immune because they had measles during childhood.
"So far this year eight travellers have come to NSW with measles infection, all of whom were under 47 years of age, none of whom had received two doses of measles vaccine," Dr Sheppeard said.
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"Passengers who develop these symptoms should phone ahead when seeking medical attention to ensure they don't share the waiting area with other patients," Dr Sheppeard said.
Queensland Health authorities are also following up people who may have been in contact with this case while travelling there.
Dr Sheppeard said that children should receive two doses of measles vaccine at 12 and 18 months of age.
"Young people planning travel should also check with their GP, and have a free measles vaccine if they don't have written evidence of having received two doses during their lifetime," Dr Sheppeard said.
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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases, said expert advice shows that to be most effective the vaccine needs to be given before the baby is born.
"Research by NSW Health and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance confirms it's best to get vaccinated before conception, during the third trimester of pregnancy or failing that, at soon as possible after delivery," Dr Sheppeard said.
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Nevertheless there is no room for complacency and we want to ensure that expectant parents and their doctors are aware of the optimal protection for newborns from whooping cough," Dr Sheppeard said.
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"In light of this information, we recommend women ensure they talk with their GP about vaccination prior to conceiving or else have the vaccine during their third trimester," Dr Sheppeard said.
Children of mothers who receive the vaccine in the third trimester will require an additional booster dose at 18 months of age, as maternal antibodies may interfere with an infant's immune response.
"Women can purchase the whooping cough vaccine on prescription from their obstetrician or GP. Having the vaccine before the baby is born helps protect the most vulnerable from this potentially life threatening disease," Dr Sheppeard said.
It is also vital that parents ensure all their children are up to date with their vaccinations, to minimise the risk of whooping cough circulating in the family. Adults in close conduct with young babies should discuss the benefits of the vaccine, which is available on prescription, with their GP.
"Whooping cough is easily spread to new babies, so it's important to keep people with coughs away from them, in case they have whooping cough or other nasty infections," Dr Sheppeard said.
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