Western Leader : February 1st 2011
10 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 1, 2011 3228995AA ADVERTISEMENT Health Matters SUMMER HOLIDAYS SPELL SUNBURN CANCER & BITES GET EARLY PROTECTION AGAINST THE LATEST INFLUENZA STRAINS It may be high summer but the influenza season is on the horizon. Influenza is a preventable illness that is potentially harmful to those who catch it and can lead to hospitalisation for all age groups. Around 40 deaths each ye ar in New Zealand are related either wholly or in some part to influenza infection. Because the influenza virus mutates, it is important to be immunized annually. Each year the vaccine is specifically tailored to meet the known varieties that are prevalent at the time. Swine Flu is a type of influenza A virus and is covered in this year's vaccine. The influenza se ason usually begins in April. Due to the time lag between vaccination and being fully immunised it is particularly important that the most vulnerable groups in the community get themselves immunised early. As West Auckland has a high percentage of vulnerable groups and HealthWEST and its practices strongly encourage vaccination as soon the vaccine becomes available in your doctor's surgery in March. Some vulnerable groups are eligible for a free vaccines. These include people who are : • pregnant • are significantly overweight • children aged 6 months to their fifth bir thday if thought to be high risk • use asthma preventers • have diabetes • are aged 65 years or over • have heart disease • have kidney problems • or have a serious medical condition, like cancer Your practice staff will know if you or a family member qualify for a free vaccination. It is particularly important for pregnant mothers to be immunised as vaccination also protects their baby for the first six months of its life. Research shows that if pregnant women develop influenza they are 7 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care. Pregnant women with a pre-existing medical condition such as diabetes or asthma have even higher chances of developing severe health complications as a result of influenza. Children under five have the highest rates of influenza of any age group. Children thought to be at high risk by their GP qualify for the free vaccine and is especially recommended if they have ongoing medical condition such as being on a preventive medication for asthma. Even if you are not one of the vulnerable groups you should get vaccinated to prevent time off work for what might become a serious illness requiring hospitalisation. Without protection you could also be putting other members of your family or your workmates at risk. Once someone has had a real bout of influenza they know that it is not something to be tre ated lightly. You cannot catch influenza from the immunisation process. 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