Winter Flu Updates 2018

Flu can be anywhere!

To help you beat the bugs this winter, there are steps you can take to try to help keep help you and your loved ones well.

Did you know that eighty percent of people infected with influenza showed no signs or symptoms and unknowingly exposed others?

Influenza vaccination is recommended for children and teens to stop them getting sick and reduce flu spreading in the community.  Further information is accessible at www.fightflu.co.nz/information-parents 

Get a flu shot!

For most people, the best time to be vaccinated against influenza is before the start of the winter season.

This year’s flu shot covers four flu strains and is better matched against the Aussie flu strain known as AH3N2 which caused increased deaths, hospitalisations and intensive care admissions during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter.

You can learn more about the flu shot here at: www.fightflu.co.nz

Other helpful advice:

Seek help EARLY

If you start to feel unwell this winter, seek medical help early before your symptoms get worse.  Last winter there was a surge of respiratory illnesses. Some people could have avoided hospital care if they had been seen earlier.

Keep warm and dry

Warmer, drier and healthier homes helped to protect families from illnesses such as asthma, respiratory infections and rheumatic fever.

Simple interventions you can do to help keep the moisture out, and warmth in your home include:

  • Install thick curtains to keep the warmth in at night and put draught stops under doors
  • Air out homes during the day – open up the curtains and windows to let in fresh air and natural light
  • Keep moisture out of homes by opening windows to let steam out of the laundry, kitchen and bathroom areas
  • Dry clothing outside or in the garage/carport
  • Wipe water off windows or walls

 Choose Well

 

Remember – phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 to speak with a registered nurse any time of the day or night.

 

 

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