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Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Zealand : Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) – Update 182

Via The Scoop:

" Our experience in 2009 proved the particular value of robust pandemic planning across sectors, a responsive health system, good communication (here and with other countries), and basic public health and hygiene measures such as washing and drying hands and not going to work or school if you’re sick.

Influenza can be a serious illness, and while last year it was mild for most, we mustn't lose sight of the fact that for some it was very serious, or fatal. The pandemic hasn’t gone away, and we are expecting a second wave of influenza this year, although it should have less impact if the virus stays the same. This year’s influenza immunisation programme will help protect New Zealanders from pandemic influenza. People should also remain vigilant about the basic hygiene measures they can take, plus seeking early medical advice when they are unwell, particularly if they are at higher risk of severe illness.

Surveillance to date in 2010 is showing that influenza-like illness in the community remains below baseline levels. There have been four lab-confirmed cases of Pandemic Influenza H1N1 in New Zealand since the beginning of this year, but no sign yet of the beginning of a second wave. "

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