01 June 2018 - 2018 Meningococcal Season Reminder
Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any
systemic febrile illness in any age group.
- A rash is not always present, especially in the early stages of the disease.
Early recognition, immediate empirical treatment with parenteral benzylpenicillin or ceftriaxone, and
urgent transfer to hospital can be life-saving.
Most South Australian cases are serogroup B, but W and Y cases have increased in Australia
across all ages, including Aboriginal children, and in some cases have had atypical presentations.
- Urgent notification to the CDCB on suspicion of IMD is vital for a timely public health response.
24 May 2018 - National shortage of influenza vaccine
Unprecedented demand has impacted the availability of seasonal influenza vaccines nationally, with a record number of influenza vaccines distributed (9.9 million doses nationally for the 2018 flu season to
date compared to 8.3 million doses for the entire 2017 flu season). Over 390,000 influenza vaccines have been distributed to immunisation providers in South Australia for use in the National Influenza
Program. Comparatively, this is more than the total yearly distributions for each of the previous four years in South Australia. In addition, 63,000 doses of flu vaccine have been distributed for the State
Funded Childhood and Health Care Worker Influenza Programs. Despite this increase in supply, a 25-30% surge in demand has left influenza vaccine supply both in South Australia and nationally critically
low. Some additional stock is expected to arrive in SA in early June, and the Commonwealth government is continuing to work with companies to seek additional supplies of vaccines.