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Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Zealand : Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) – Update 187

Via New Zealand's MOH :

" We continue to see some signs of a gradual increase in influenza activity, however, overall the level of influenza activity in New Zealand is at a level similar to this time last year, and the number of people visiting a GP with influenza-like illness remains below baseline levels. Over the past week there was a slight increase in the number of people calling Healthline for advice on influenza-like illness.

As we head into winter, it's timely to remember that we can all help reduce the spread of influenza and colds by 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.

Influenza immunisation is especially recommended for those at greatest risk of complications from pandemic influenza, including women who are pregnant or recently pregnant, very young children, severely overweight people and those with underlying medical conditions. Immunisation is free for eligible groups of people."

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