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DISEASE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
South Africa has a routine notification system for reporting notifiable medical conditions. The notification of certain medical conditions in South Africa is based on the government’s Health Act, Act No. 61 of 2003, coupled with regulations on the reporting of specific diseases to the Local, Provincial and/or National Health Department.
The notification system has several objectives:
- At the national level, it helps the National Department of Health (NDOH) to plan and implement health promotional and intervention strategies.
- It helps the NDOH to monitor disease trends over time. In time this will permit an evaluation of the effectiveness of promotional and intervention strategies.
- At provincial it helps to implement immediate interventions
Notification from the public sector is often lacking due to uncertainty of the channels to be followed to report notifiable diseases. The following contact details may be used for notification purposes in Gauteng:
City Of Johannesburg:
Phumzile at email@example.com 0829324845
OR Antonia at AntoniaB@joburg.org.za 0829669956
Rina at RinaVDG@TSHWANE.GOV.ZA 0832325443
OR David at firstname.lastname@example.org 0725602282
Yolanda at email@example.com 0828375655
Motshabi at Motshabi.firstname.lastname@example.org 0828131706
Julia Leballo at Julia.Leballo@gauteng.gov.za 0722592288.
The following is a list of notifiable diseases in South Africa:
List of Notifiable Medical Conditions in South Africa
For more information and contact details for other provinces, please visit the Department of Health website at http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=2662
SEASONAL FLU VACCINE
The seasonal flu vaccines are now available
The southern hemisphere flu vaccines for 2012 contain the following flu strains:
– an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
– an A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus;
– a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.
Worldwide, annual influenza epidemics result in about three to five million cases of severe illness, and about 250 000 to 500 000 deaths.
An annual flu vaccination is recommended for all patients from 6 months of age.
It is especially important that the following groups be vaccinated:
1. Pregnant women
2. Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
3. People 65 years of age and older
4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
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