Health advice for anyone coming down with winter bugs

It’s important to seek health advice sooner rather than later if you’re feeling under the weather – don’t wait for things to get worse.

That’s one of the messages from Canterbury DHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Sue Nightingale with winter bugs doing the rounds.

Health advice comes in many forms, and there are a number of ways you can get practical information on what to do if you’re coming down with a cold, cough or sore throat:

  • Check out HealthInfo for practical advice for managing colds, sore throats and coughs.
  • Your community pharmacy can help with advice for common winter ailments, and a range of over the counter medications to help alleviate symptoms.
  • Your general practice team will be busy at this time of year – so book early to get an appointment at a time to suit you.
  • Don’t wait till you run out of your regular medications before ordering a repeat prescription – get in early.
  • Canterbury is fortunate to have a number of general practices offering extended hours.
  • Remember to call your usual Canterbury general practice team phone number for care around the clock – even when they’re closed! You can be put through to a nurse who can provide free health advice. They can tell you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen if it’s urgent and you need.

It’s not too late to get your flu immunisation – it’s available free for all pregnant women and all people aged over 65 and for many people with certain long-term health conditions. Ask your general practice team or community pharmacy for more information. “It takes up to two weeks after having your flu shot for you to be protected, so the sooner you have it, the sooner you’ll have the best protection available,” Dr Nightingale said.

Source: Canterbury District Health Board media release: 10th August 2018.

Published on Monday, August 13th, 2018, under News
Page last updated: 13/08/2018

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