On Monday 22nd May, Influenza A [H1N1], commonly known as swine flu, was confirmed in one of our Ngati Kahu whanau at Pamapuria who had recently returned from Auckland.
Although the virus is highly contagious, the current form of it is relatively mild. The Ministry of Health is no longer trying to contain it and advises as follows:
If you've got flu symptoms, stay at home for seven days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.
STOP THE SPREAD OF FLU GERMS BY:
Covering coughs and sneezes
Regularly washing your hands and drying them thoroughly
Avoiding contact with sick people and reducing time spent in crowded settings.
If your condition worsens, seek medical advice by PHONING Healthline 0800 611 116 or your healthcare provider.
MOVING FROM "CONTAIN IT" TO "MANAGE IT":
The spread of Influenza A (H1N1) 'swine flu' virus in our communities means the focus of health services is moving from a 'contain it' to a 'manage it' phase.
More information is available on http://www.moh.govt.nz/influenza-a-h1n1.
Ka aroha ki te whanau o Te Paatu ki Pamapuria. Kia kaha.