Tamiflu for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS)

2 April 2020

Through the joint work of the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council and NSW Health, ACCHSs will receive free Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) ahead of the influenza season to support timely and accessible treatment for patients.

It is important that General Practitioners use this Tamiflu as per usual prescribing requirements for those patients with clinically likely influenza. When prescribed within 48 hours of symptom onset, Tamiflu reduces the severity of influenza illness and reduces the likelihood of the patient passing on the infection. This is especially important this year as infection with both Covid-19 and influenza is likely to be particularly dangerous. For this reason ACCHSs are also strongly encouraged to work towards high coverage of influenza vaccination for their communities.

Tamiflu may also be indicated for close contacts of patients with influenza who are at high risk of influenza complications. As more information becomes available about the clinical pictures and testing options for influenza and COVID-19 more information will be provided about how to best target Tamiflu. More information on prescribing Tamiflu is available here.  

NSW Health will distribute the Tamiflu packs directly to ACCHS services over the coming weeks. ACCHSs will be contacted throughout the influenza season to see how their stocks are lasting but if you need to get in touch before then please email MoH-CentreforAboriginalHealth@health.nsw.gov.au.

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