Auckland Regional Public Health ServiceMonday 26 July 2010, 9:02AM
Media release from the Auckland Regional Public Health
Influenza cases continue to rise in the Auckland region with
laboratory notifications showing a sharp increase over the last
month, particularly in the last two weeks.
Dr Cathy Pikholz, Medical Officer of Health for the Auckland
Regional Public Health Service says there are a lot more people out
there with the flu.
"We know these notifications are just the tip of the ice
"We strongly encourage people to get vaccinated especially women
who are pregnant, very young children, severely overweight people
and those with underlying medical conditions."
The H1N1 (swine flu) strain is covered in this year's influenza
vaccine. Flu vaccine supplies are still available.
"Women who are pregnant should get immunised against influenza.
Should they become ill with flu-like symptoms, it is important that
they make an appointment to see their doctor as soon as possible,
so that they can be treated early."
Vaccination is free for people at high risk such as pregnant women;
those with chronic illnesses; severely overweight people; children
under 5 years of age; and people over 65 years of age.
Influenza is a serious illness and the symptoms of influenza
include: fever, muscle aches, sore throat and cough and extreme
tiredness. People with influenza are much more unwell than if
they have the common cold.
"If you get flu symptoms, please seek medical attention early. Call
your GP or call Healthline for advice on 0800 611 116. High risk
people need Tamiflu early."
People with influenza should stay home from work; take great care
with hand hygiene and cough etiquette and seek medical attention if
their condition is deteriorating.