September 07 2023
COVID-19 vaccines continue to be effective in reducing the risk of severe illness and death. This is particularly important for older adults and those with risk factors for severe disease (1).
Posted December 21, 2023
New South Wales is currently experiencing another COVID-19 wave, with high levels of transmission occurring in the Hunter New England area.
We are seeing an increase in the number of hospitalisations with COVID-19 in our region.
This wave is being driven by three factors:
Looking forward we can expect to see moderate to high levels of COVID transmission to continue throughout the festive season.
Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell, assume that it is Covid and avoid high risk settings.
If possible, plan events in well-ventilated areas to reduce risk of transmission.
People who are at risk of severe disease, Highest Priority those aged over 75 years:
A New XBB.1.5 booster, better matching circulating variants, is now available.
See Australian Immunisation Handbook or New ATAGI Recommendations for Omicron XBB.1.5 COVID-19 Vaccines - Primary Health Network (thephn.com.au) for more details on vaccination advice and eligibility.
Pertussis (whooping cough) notifications are increasing across NSW including the Hunter New England region.
Consider Pertussis for people with a compatible illness, even if they are fully vaccinated.
Staying up to date with recommended vaccinations, especially for:
For more information on Pertussis vaccination see Australian Immunisation Handbook Pertussis
View video recording of PHU Update - Dr Peter Murray (Hunter New England Public Health Unit)
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