Look after the health of your family

27 August 2018

SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo reminds Pacific families that influenza is a serious illness

Regional Public Health recently issued a warning about influenza outbreaks in a number of schools and early childhood education centres, particularly in the greater Wellington region.

Influenza (the flu) is an airborne virus that spreads quickly though physical contact, coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include fever, coughing and sometimes vomiting or diarrhoea in younger children.

Influenza is a serious illness, and Regional Public Health advise everyone to follow these simple steps to look after yourselves and your families.

  • If your child is sick, keep them at home until they are well and free of symptoms (usually 3-4 days but up to 7 days).
  • Let your school or early childhood education centre know if your child has an illness with symptoms described above.
  • Make sure your child covers their mouth and nose with tissues when coughing and sneezing.
  • Make sure your child washes their hands regularly.
  • If someone in your family has influenza, please don’t visit hospitals or community care homes or see people who may be at high risk of serious illness (such as pregnant women, young babies, or anyone who has cancer, lung, and heart or kidney conditions).

To prevent the spread of influenza, stay home and look after yourself and your whānau – rest and fluids are especially important.

Click here for more information on the Ministry of Health website.

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