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During the winter months it is really important to keep yourself and your family well.
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There are many different things you can do to keep your family well but most the important are keeping your vaccinations up to date and ensure you and your family follow basic hygiene practices such as:
  • covering mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing
  • washing hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds and drying for 20 seconds
  • avoiding touching eyes, mouth and nose
  • not sharing drinks.

In the event that someone in your family does get sick, you’ll find information below about the different illnesses you might see in winter as well as where to go.

We have developed a handy Winter Checklist to help you prepare your family for winter. Click on the image to open a PDF that you can print at home
 
Winter Checklist flyer, click to open PDF
 

Influenza

Influenza is commonly called the flu and is a serious illness that can sometimes be fatal. Infection with the virus can lead to a stay in hospital for anyone. If you are elderly or have an ongoing medical condition you may be more susceptible and it can be worse for conditions like asthma or diabetes.
 
Immunisation against influenza can help protect yourself and reduce the chance of bringing it home to a baby, elderly person or someone with medical conditions that could develop complications.
 
Symptoms of the flu:
• Sudden onset of illness
• Moderate to severe illness
• Fever (usually high)
• Headache (may be severe)
• Dry cough, may become moist
• Muscle aches
• Shivering
• Bed rest necessary
• Can suffer severe complications
 
If you think you have influenza please contact your GP, our ED triage nurse or healthline by phone first. If you think you have the symptoms please stay away from work, school or public places.
 

Visit www.fightflu.co.nz to find out if you may be eligible for a free vaccine.

Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is a caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites. It can be easily spread from person to person especially if hygiene is poor. 
 
To protect yourself and your family ensure that hand washing is with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds followed by drying hands for another 20 seconds and that this happens after using the toilet and before preparing, handling or eating food.
 
Symptoms of gastroenteritis:
• Vomiting
• Diarrhoea
• Stomach pains
 
If you think you have Gastroenteritis please contact your GP, our ED triage nurse or healthline by phone first. If you think you have the symptoms please stay away from work, school or public places.
 
Find more information about Gastroenteritis
 

Measles

Measles is highly contagious and easily preventable. It can affect both children and adults.  It spreads from person to person through the air from breathing, coughing or sneezing and contact from those secretions. Measles can be easily prevented by vaccination.
 
Measles Symptoms:
• Fever
• Runny nose
• Cough
• Sore red eyes
• Rash (after 3-5 days)
 
If you think you have measles please contact your GP, our ED triage nurse or healthline by phone first. If you think you have the symptoms please stay away from work, school or public places.

For more information about Measles

 

Where to get help

I'm not well. Where should I go? Health advice is just a phone call away

• Healthline 0800 611 116
 For free 24 hour health advice within New Zealand
 • Pharmacies
 Some pharmacies can help you with lots more than you may realise. Some of their services include giving influenza vaccinations, Paediatric Gastroenteritis, ECP and much more. Go in and talk to your pharmacist today.
• General Practices
 Your general practices have both doctors and nurses available to help you with your health needs. Make sure you’re registered at one today, to find out what practices are taking new patients visit the
Central PHO’s website.
• After Hours Medical
 For minor, non-urgent health issues after hours
 For serious injury or illness our Emergency Department is open 24/7
 

Further information and resources

• Fight flu - For more information about influenza
• Quitline - For information and support to quit smoking
• Energywise - For information on how to warm your house and be more energy efficient- For information on how to warm your house and be more energy efficient.
 
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