Western Leader : February 14th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 14 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 4140922AA ADVERTISEMENT HEALTH MATTERS 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 year 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. The influenza season 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, HealthWEST strongly encourages vaccination as soon as the vaccine becomes available in your doctor's surgery mid March. Some vulnerable groups are eligible for a free vaccine These include: 1. Anyone over the age of 65 2. Anyone under 65 years with any of these medical conditions: -- Cardiovascular disease (rheumatic heart disease, congestive heart failure, congenital heart disease, cerebrovascular disease -- Chronic respiratory disease (including asthma is on regular preventer) -- Diabetes -- Chronic renal disease -- Cancer (not skin cancer as less recommended by doctor) -- Others (e.g. transplant recipients, neuromotor and central nervous system diseases, Children on long term aspirin) Your doctor or Practice Nurse will know if you or a family member qualifies 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 an 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 workmates at risk. Once someone has had a real bout of influenza they know that it is not something to be treated lightly. You cannot catch influenza from the vaccine. However, if you have any concerns about reactions, you should raise these with your vaccinator, who will be asking you a series of questions before any vaccination takes place. You can get your influenza immunisation from your GP or practice nurse. Some companies offer their staff free immunisation in the workplace. For information on HealthWEST services contact: 09 839 7480 Phone 09 444 5858 or visit www.veins.co.nz Fully licensed and Southern Cross affiliated Look Great. Feel Wonderful! The Vein Centre is one of the first specialist clinics dedicated to treating varicose veins. 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For more information in relation to the Never 2 Old programme or Aqua Aerobics contact Alla Wainwright on 624-6058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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