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Protect vulnerable people as flu cases rise: NSW Health [cached]

NSW Health's Director Communicable Diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said when flu was introduced to aged care facilities it was difficult to control as flu vaccination was not as effective in the elderly. "Nevertheless, as older people are particularly susceptible to contracting the flu it's important they have the vaccination every year to reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death," Dr Sheppeard said. "So far this year we've had 79 outbreaks in residential aged care facilities, affecting around 942 staff and residents, with 45 associated deaths reported in elderly residents with significant underlying illness. It's important that friends and family who may have the flu stay away from these facilities while they are unwell to help prevent the spread of the virus." Dr Sheppeard said all pregnant women were also strongly advised to have the influenza vaccination to reduce the health risks to themselves and their babies. "Pregnant women who get influenza are at greater risk of developing serious complications, such as pneumonia, which may result in their hospitalisation," Dr Sheppeard said. "Children born to vaccinated mothers also have a reduced risk of contracting influenza in the first six months of life. Dr Sheppeard said while influenza presentations at emergency departments continue to increase each week, the NSW Health system was well prepared to manage the cases. "The NSW Ministry of Health, Local Health Districts and NSW Ambulance work together to manage surges in demand and improve the transfer of care times for patients during peak periods at hospital emergency departments," Dr Sheppeard said.

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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.

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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, NSW Health's Director Communicable Diseases, said Legionnaires' disease causes fever, chills, a cough and shortness of breath.

"The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically between two and 10 days, so people who were exposed could have symptoms already or develop them over the next week," Dr Sheppeard said.
"The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease live in water and can multiply in the water used to cool air conditioning systems, so infection is prevented by routinely maintaining and treating these systems.
"People outside can be exposed to the bacteria when a water cooling system emits contaminated water particles into the air.
"People who develop this disease are diagnosed by chest X-ray and a urine test, and usually require antibiotic treatment in hospital," Dr Sheppeard said.

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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases Branch at NSW Health, said influenza can be dangerous for pregnant women.

“Data from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), which is surveying new mums as part of the FluMum study, shows that the uptake of influenza vaccination has improved from about one in five pregnant women (23 per cent) in 2013 to almost one in three (32 per cent) in 2014,� she said.

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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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