Staying healthy over winter

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We Hope you are managing to keep well over the winter months and have had your influenza vaccine.  The Ministry of Health has extended the free influenza vaccine programme until the end of August 2014.

You are eligible for a free influenza vaccine if you fit the following criteria:

  • you are over 65 years of age
  • or you suffer from respiratory disease
  • or you have diabetes
  • or cardiovascular disease
  • or you are Pregnant
  • have a chronic disease
  • or you have cancer


The fee for non subsidized influenza vaccine is $31-00.

If you haven't had your flu vaccine yet it is not too late so call to make an appointment.


  • Have your influenza vaccine
  • Clean your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Common colds and respiratory illnesses are spread by droplets from coughs and sneezes and unclean handsTo avoid spreading these germs always carry and use clean tissues, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze, stay home if you are unwell and don't share drink bottles/glasses or eating utensils.


  • Similar to flu but not as severe
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Mild tiredness
  • Mild fever in children


  • More severe than common cold
  • Sore throat
  • Body and joint aches
  • Headache
  • Dry hacking cough
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Fever
  • Vomitting and diarrheoa


What to do for common cold and influenza - drinks lots of fluids and take Panadol or ibuprofen and rest.  See you doctor if your symptoms do not improve or they become more severe.  If you have trouble breathing, have severe sore throat, green phlegm or a very high fever make an appointment to see you doctor.