" The overall level of influenza activity in New Zealand continues to be low, and the number of people visiting a GP with influenza-like illness remains below baseline levels. In the past week there was a slight increase in the number of people calling Healthline for advice on influenza-like illness.
We are seeing some signs of a gradual increase in influenza activity. And as we head into winter, it's timely to remember that we can all help reduce the spread of influenza and colds by doing those common sense things we all did last year- washing and drying hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home from work or school if you are sick. Also, if you or your family are ill and you are concerned, or if your condition worsens, get health advice early by calling your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116.
It's recommended that particularly those at greatest risk of complications for pandemic influenza get protected by having a seasonal influenza vaccination. It's also important to remember that people who are in the 'high risk of complications' categories should seek medical advice as soon as they develop influenza-like symptoms. Young children are at higher risk of complications of pandemic influenza, as are women who are pregnant or recently pregnant, severely overweight people and those with significant underlying medical conditions. "