Tips for staying well during the school holidays

With flu circulating widely in the community, Canterbury DHB has some simple tips for how you can stop the spread, and look after yourselves and your whānau if you do get sick.

Stop the spread

If you or your whānau are feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms such as a fever, headache, muscle aches, shivering, and a dry cough:

Treat the symptoms at home:

 Most of the time, the symptoms of flu can be managed at home.  Canterbury DHB has produced the ‘Coping with the flu at home’ brochure, containing practical advice for caring for someone with the flu, such as: 

The brochure is available online in the following languages: English, Māori, Hindi, Korean, Samoan, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Tagalog.

Where to seek help If you are concerned about you or your whānau’s symptoms:

Call your general practice team 24/7 for advice rather than visiting in person.  After hours, follow the instructions to be put through to a nurse for free health advice.  Avoid the hospital unless it is an emergency.

Update on the flu vaccine:

Thanks to a great response from Cantabrians, flu vaccine supplies are now limited but they are still available from GPs and some pharmacists for the following priority groups: