Communicable diseases prevention

Communicable diseases prevention

We provide leadership and direction in developing and managing communicable diseases prevention and control activities that target the whole population or specific groups.

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fluTAS brandThe fluTAS Report is a regular flu season update to inform healthcare organisations and the public about the current level of flu disease activity in Tasmania.

Multiple data sources are used to obtain some measure of flu disease activity in the community.

Weekly flu update

Email Communicable Disease Prevention to provide feedback on the fluTAS Report.

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Flu (or influenza) comes around every winter. Vaccination is your best protection against catching flu.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are those that can be transmitted from person to person through sexual contact. Notifiable STIs in Tasmania include chlamydia, gonococcal infection, syphilis, donovanosis and Lymphogranuloma vereneum (LGV) infection. This section includes descriptive epidemiological reports of STIs in Tasmania.

Other notifiable infections may be transmitted sexually but will be included in future reports in other categories, such as Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs).

Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) are those that are notifiable for surveillance purposes and for which a vaccine is available. In Tasmania this includes Diphtheria, invasive infections of Haemophilus influenzae Type B, Measles, invasive infections of meningococcal disease, mumps, pertussis, invasive infections of pneumococcal disease, poliovirus, rotavirus, rubella, varicella (including shingles and chicken pox) and tetanus.

Other notifiable infections may have vaccines to prevent infection but will be included in future reports in other categories, such as blood borne viruses, zoonoses or foodborne diseases.

Communicable diseases

A communicable disease is an illness caused by a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal or inaminate reservoir (e.g. from a food source or contaminated water) to a susceptible host.