The Communicable Diseases program undertakes disease surveillance and responds to reduce the spread of communicable diseases. Early detection and intervention are essential parts of the communicable disease program.
For more information, please contact the Public Health Officer at your nearest local Public Health Unit.
To speak to someone about communicable disease please contact:NSW Public Health Unit Telephone Access Line 1300 066 055 during business hours
After Hours call:0439 882 752
North Coast Public Health Unit – Lismore Office
PO Box 498 (31 Uralba Street)
Lismore NSW 2480
North Coast Public Health Unit – Port Macquarie Office
PO Box 126 (Morton Street)
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
For additional information click on relevant the links below:
- A-Z of Infectious Diseases
- Outbreaks within Aged Care Facilities
- Outbreaks in Primary schools and Child Care Centres
- Some Infectious Diseases of Children
- Tips on protecting your new baby from Infectious Diseases
Information on specific infectious diseases is available below:
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Resources and further information
- Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Care
Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. There are three main types of influenza virus that cause infection in humans – types A, B and C – and many sub-types or strains. Influenza can occur throughout the year but influenza activity usually peaks in winter.
Influenza is a vaccine-preventable illness, but a new vaccine needs to be given each year because influenza viruses change (mutate) constantly. A new influenza vaccine is prepared each year to best match the strains predicted for the coming influenza season.
- About Influenza
- Pregnant Women
- Residential Care Facilities
- Medically at Risk
- Young People
- Schools and Childcare
- Surveillance Reports
- Aboriginal People
- Health Professionals
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Whooping cough (sometimes called pertussis) is a serious respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness. In babies, the infection can sometimes lead to pneumonia and occasionally brain damage, and can be even life threatening. Older children and adults can get whooping cough and can spread it to others, including babies.
- Identify, Protect, Prevent
- Information for new parents
- Information for Childcare and Schools
- Protect Your New Born
- Aboriginal Families
- Information for GPs and other health providers
- Facts and Figures
Measles is a serious disease that is easily spread through the air. Immunisation is effective in preventing the disease. All children and adults born during or after 1966 should be vaccinated with two doses of measles containing vaccine if not already immune.
Resources and further information
- NSW Ministry of Health
- Department of Health and Ageing – Communicable Diseases Information
- National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
- Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)
- World Health Organisation (WHO) – Measles advice