The Incidence of the highly infectious Omicron BA5 and BA4 variants are sweeping through vast areas of Australia.The Regulator ATAGI has announced that more people are now eligible for the fourth dose of vaccine, and that anti viral medications are also available to more people.
A case of Diphtheria in an unvaccinated 6 year old in Northern NSW is amongst the first cases seen in Australia this century. The child is in intensive care . It's unclear how the disease was contacted. The DTP vaccine given to children provides good immunity from the bacterial disease.