Is your family flu strong ?

Women_and_ChildInfluenza, more commonly referred to as 'flu' can cause severe illness and kills New Zealanders each year.

More typically though, it will put you out of action for a week, sometimes longer with symptoms including a sore throat, runny nose and eyes, headaches, aching muscles and joints, fever, cold sweats, chesty cough and a lack of energy.

The best way to protect yourself, your family and community against the flu - and the single most important thing you can do for their health this winter is to get yourself vaccinated. Vaccination protects against the common strains of flu currently in circulation, but you need to have your flu shot every year to stay protected.

FLU IMMUNISATION IS FREE IN CANTERBURY THIS WINTER AND EVERY WINTER UNTIL 2015 FOR:

  • Under 18s
  • people 65 and older
  • Pregnant women and;
  • People with chronic illness*

If you don't qualify for the free vaccine, it can cost as little as $30 at your general practice. Call them now for more information or to make an appointment.

*Includes (but is not limited to) heart disease, respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes and mental illness. If you have chronic condition, your general practice can advise whether you can get vaccinated for free.

Children under 9 years of age, who were not vaccinated last year, need two vaccinations before they are protected. It takes two weeks before the vaccination protects you from the flu. The sooner you are vaccinated, the sooner you will be protected.

Here is some simple advice that will help reduce the spread of infections, including colds and flu:

  1. Wash your hands often, particularly after touching a door handle or hand rail in a public place
  2. Cover coughs and sneezes - sneeze or cough into your sleeve or use a tissue and dispose of it promptly
  3. If you feel unwell, stay at home - don't make your school or workmates sick too.

Download this useful guide about how to manage at home with the flu

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