It'll be interesting to see how long it will be before we are getting similar outbreaks in Porirua schools.
I can't stress the importance of hygiene enough, and if your kids are sick, please keep them at home.
From the Ministry of Health
Know how to protect yourself and your family
For some people influenza can be a very serious illness. The basic measures to protect yourself and others remain the same, but are even more important as we see more flu circulating in the community. These include:
- get your seasonal influenza immunisation, which includes protection against swine flu
- know the symptoms of influenza, which can include a high fever, headache, cough, sore throat, tiredness and generally aching all over
- phone for medical advice quickly (GP or Healthline) if you have influenza-like symptoms, including consideration of whether you need antiviral medicine treatment. Antiviral medication may lessen the severity and length of your illness, but are best started within the first 48 hours. Antiviral treatment is currently available free of charge on prescription.
- seeking early medical advice is especially important for women who are pregnant, severely overweight people and those with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart and lung disease and other conditions including autoimmune diseases
- wash and dry hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home if you are sick.
Phone early for advice
If you or your family are ill and you are concerned, or if your condition worsens, get health advice by calling your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116.