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Introducing This Page

This page serves as the portal to all our influenza website resources. This includes the highly topical H1N1 influenza (also referred to as 'Swine Flu').
Our Influenza Pandemic section covers any influenza pandemic topics that aren't necessarily related to the 'Swine Flu'.
Please use the 'Navigate This Section' links on the right to quickly take you to the area that interests you.

Important Information

As the virus spreads around the world, the chance of widespread community transmission in New Zealand is increasing. There are some simple measures to help keep you and your family safe.

Practise the basic rules to reduce the risk of infection:

  1. Cover coughs and sneezes
  2. Wash hands with soap and water, and dry thoroughly
  3. If you are sick, stay away from work and school

If you get sick and think it may be influenza, you should phone Healthline on 0800 611 116, or your doctor.

Symptoms of influenza include:
Fever and chillsCoughing or sneezing
Headache and a sore throatBody aches and pains
A sore chestExtreme tiredness