We need you to help keep these guys (the flu bugs) out of Canterbury

As you know, getting your flu shot every year is the best protection against getting the flu.

Influenza is a serious illness and around 80 percent of infected people show no symptoms (but may be spreading it).

Widespread vaccination is important for individuals and communities as it’s our best shot at reducing the impact of influenza.

Are you part of a sports or social club, church group, or iwi? Do you work with a diverse interest group? Do you have a social media presence? We need your help to spread the word about immunisation – whether you’re part of a knitting circle, bee-keepers club, kids’ play-group, walking or cycling group – ask the question of your friends and family: have you had your flu shot? And help us spread the word.

We’ve created a website – www.flufree.co.nz – packed with engaging content, useful facts and myth-busting, an interactive ‘build a germ’ game for kids (and big kids), information about where you can get vaccinated, and a resource hub to help people and organisations easily spread the messages about getting vaccinated to their networks. These resources include downloadable posters, screensavers, social media tiles, information for newsletters and email signatures.

Let your friends and family know about the flufree website, download a poster or social media tile and send it on or post on your Facebook page. You can also create your own flu bug and share it on your facebook page to help raise awareness. If you have kids it’s a fun activity that’ll keep them entertained for at least 5 minutes…and the flu quiz is a bit of fun too.

We particularly want to reach these people:
• The key groups that are funded to receive free flu shots: over 65s; pregnant women; people under 65 with long-term health conditions; children with respiratory illness; and under 18s living in the Kaikoura and Hurunui areas
• Young people (as they are excellent germ spreaders) and their parents
• Māori and Pacific people (especially over 65s) who commonly have lower vaccination rates.
• All healthcare workers

When you’re out and about this week – remember to ask the question: have you had your flu shot? If the answer’s ‘not yet’ remind them to book in with their general practice team, or check the www.flufree.co.nz website for a list of pharmacies offering vaccinations this year.

We encourage everyone over the age of 6 months to consider becoming immunised against influenza. Flu immunisation is free for anyone aged 65 years or over and pregnant women.
It is also available free of charge to anyone under 65 with a long-term health condition such as, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, kidney disease and most cancers.
All the details are on www.flufree.co.nz

Healthinfo Goes Mobile

A mobile-friendly version of HealthInfo is now live making it even easier and more convenient to access health information wherever you go.

If you go to the normal HealthInfo website on a mobile device, you will automatically be redirected to the mobile-friendly version.

The mobile-friendly HealthInfo has a layout and features that make it easier to use on mobile devices.     how-to-add-HealthInfo-to-your-home-screen

Healthinfo App flyer Aug 2017

Alcohol – Eight facts


A guide to standard drinks | Alcohol.org.nz

A guide to standard drinks

One standard drink in New Zealand contains 10 grams of pure alcohol.

All bottles, cans and casks of alcoholic drinks have to be labelled with how many standard drinks they contain. Looking at labels and counting standard drinks is a reliable way of knowing and controlling how much alcohol you are drinking.

The number of standard drinks in different alcoholic drinks varies. It depends on the size of the container and the amount of alcohol it contains.



World Breastfeeding Week

wbw2016s1 – 7 August 2016

Breastfeeding: A key to
Sustainable Development

In September 2015, the world’s leaders committed to 17 goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity. Together, they form the 
Sustainable Development Goals. 

We all have a part to play in achieving these goals by 2030. 

The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 theme is about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share. 

Heart Attack Awareness Campaign – July 2016

We remain concerned about the time it’s taking for Kiwis to seek medical attention when experiencing symptoms suggestive of a heart attack. Early medical assessment can be the difference between life and death.

heartfoundationLast year, we ran a campaign with two aims: to raise awareness of the warning signs of a heart attack, and to help Kiwis understand the importance of seeking urgent medical help by calling 111. We’ll be running the same campaign this year and would love for you to get involved.   This campaign highlights the need for urgency when seeking emergency care. Kiwis need to get help sooner when they’re experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.  If you survive one event there is a high risk of having another. Almost 50% of all heart events happen in people who have known heart disease. To reduce delays in seeking medical attention, we recommend that all patients with known heart disease have an angina action plan, and that they understand the steps to take in case of emergency.

Our Heart Attack Awareness campaign will run for three weeks, starting on 10 July, and includes a TV commercial (similar to last year’s campaign), online video, social media material, and print resources.   We have resources available to explain heart attack symptoms and how to respond. These include:

  • Posters (available in A3 and A4, in English, Samoan, Tongan and Māori languages)
  • Heart attack awareness pamphlet
  • Emergency details wallet card with angina action plan
  • Angina A5 flyer
  • Living well after a heart attack A5 booklet

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