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August 13, 2010

Swine Flu Still Here

Dr Cheryl Brunton, West Coast Medical Officer of Health reports that Swine H1N1 Influenza has now been detected on the West Coast.

For some people influenza can be a serious illness, which it's why it's important to seek medical advice early. This is particularly important for people at higher risk of complications from the flu like pregnant women, young children, those who are severely overweight and people with other significant health problems. Call your GP or Healthline 0800 611 116.

In New Zealand the Swine H1N1 Influenza strain is the predominant strain circulating this winter.

Along with having a flu vaccination, the most important things people can do to help protect themselves and their families against influenza are:

  • Washing and drying hands thoroughly (20 seconds washing and 20 seconds drying) before eating, after using the toilet and after being with someone who is unwell.
  • Staying away from school or work if they are unwell.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes.

Most people with influenza will not be seriously unwell and will be able to care for themselves at home.

  • Rest in a separate, well ventilated room away from other people
  • Don't share things like drinks
  • Drink small amounts of fluids often
  • If you don't feel like eating or drinking, try light snacks such as soup or yoghurt
  • If you aren't drinking enough, you may become dehydrated - drink small amounts often, try sucking an ice block or eating jelly.
  • Take medicines to relieve pain and fever (paracetamol or ibuprofen)
  • Stay home until you are well.

Seek medical advice early if you are concerned or you have any of the following:

  • a high temperature that won't come down
  • difficulty breathing
  • pain or pressure in the chest or stomach
  • cough with bloody or green phlegm
  • blue skin around the lips and/or finger tips
  • severe pain in the ear(s)
  • severe vomiting
  • difficulty waking up or feel disoriented or confused
  • fits or uncontrollable shaking
  • been unwell for three or four days and are not getting any better or are feeling worse
  • started to feel better but then get a high fever and start to feel unwell again.

The Ministry of Health is reminding people that New Zealand is still seeing a significant level of pandemic influenza even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the world is now in the post-pandemic phase, Deputy Director of Public Health Darren Hunt said yesterday. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan recognised that New Zealand was still experiencing the effects of a second wave of H1N1.

For more information please contact

Bryan Jamieson
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Greymouth 7840
Phone (DDI): (03) 769-7665
Mobile: 027 245-9595
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or

Dr Cheryl Brunton
Medical Officer of Health, West Coast
Community and Public Health
3 Tarapuhi Street
PO Box 443
Greymouth
Phone: (03) 768-1160
Fax: (03) 768-1169

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