Communicable Disease Control

The Communicable Diseases program undertakes communicable disease surveillance and initiates responses to reduce the spread of communicable diseases. Early detection and intervention are essential parts of the communicable disease program. For further information please contact the Public Health Officer at your nearest local Public Health Unit via the NSW Public Health Unit Telephone Access Line 1300 066 055 during business hours.  For additional information click on relevant links below:

Further information on specific infectious diseases is available below:


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

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.

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 2 doses of measles containing vaccine if not already immune.
Resources and further information

Services available at these locations

Port Macquarie

PO Box 126 (Morton Street)
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Phone 02 6588 2750

F 02 6588 2837

After Hours

0439 882 752


PO Box 498 (31 Uralba Street)
Lismore NSW 2480

Phone 02 6620 7585

F 02 6620 2552

After Hours

0439 882 752