Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Waikato ‘Flu Jabs’ Rates Looking Promising

Waikato ‘Flu Jabs’ Rates Looking Promising


The number of Waikato people who have been immunised against influenza this year is already the second highest in six years, with nearly three months to go.

Just over 76,000 people – or 20 per cent of the Waikato population – had their ‘flu jabs’ in the period ending Friday 2 May.

“At this rate, Waikato should comfortably pass the 95,000 vaccinations administered last year,” said Waikato District Health Board public health medicine specialist Dr Felicity Dumble.

“Nationally, for the same period (until 2 May) the numbers tell us that 20 per cent of New Zealand has been immunised against influenza, compared to 27 per cent at 31 July 2013.”

Dr Dumble urged as many Waikato people as possible to take advantage of the widely accessible influenza immunisation programme before 31 July.

“The sooner you are immunised, the sooner you are protected against this deadly virus,” she said.

You can get the vaccine at your general practice or some pharmacies for a small cost.

If you are over 65 or in a high risk group (i.e. pregnant or have a respiratory condition), it will be free. Some workplaces also offer a free immunisation programme for staff.

“Influenza is not the common cold. While head colds and similar viruses are not nice, influenza is very serious and can make you extremely unwell,” said Dr Dumble.

Symptoms include fever, chills, aches, runny nose, a cough and upset stomach.

To prevent the spread of influenza and other winter illnesses, stay at home until you are better and follow basic hygiene practices:

• Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and dry them for 20 seconds – or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Don’t share drinks.
• Avoid crowded places.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – then put the tissue in a lined bin and wash your hands.
Respiratory virus monitoring at Waikato Hospital also reports little incidence of respiratory virus around the region at the moment.

Read the reports here

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news