News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

New ‘Flu dashboard’ show rates and severity of disease

ESR health scientists have launched a new “dashboard”, providing up-to-date information on how influenza is tracking as well as its severity.

In a first for flu surveillance, the new “one stop shop” will on a near real-time basis give a measure of the impact of the flu through the season.

The environmental health science agency, which manages the national influenza surveillance programme on behalf of the Ministry of Health, says the dashboard has been developed to help the health sector’s management of the flu.

While it is aimed at health professionals, it will also provide a guide to members of the public who want to find out how flu is tracking through the season.

The ESR dashboard includes information on flu activity, flu severity and which viruses are circulating this season. This information is gathered as part of the national influenza surveillance programme from a range of sources including laboratories, intensive care units, emergency departments, GPs and Healthline.

ESR’s manager of Strategic Health Intelligence, Lisa Oakley, says the new system will also be extremely useful in the event of a flu pandemic.

“Multiple flu viruses circulate in a season; some are worse than others, some parts of the community are more vulnerable, and in some years a flu virus is worse than previously experienced.”

With this year’s flu season just beginning, Dr Oakley says the near real-time information provided on the ESR website will be of great value.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland