Schools

Help keep your school community flu-free this winter.

It’s been a terrible flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, which is a possible predictor for what we may see here. Influenza has caused over 28,000 hospitalisations and 151 paediatric deaths in the US.

Getting the flu shot every year for you and your family offers the best protection against the flu. This year’s vaccines have been specially formulated for New Zealand and are expected to offer protection against the strain that was circulating in the Northern Hemisphere.

We have a range of resources to help spread the message about how to avoid the flu by getting your vaccination and good hygiene practices. Please download them or cut and paste.

Newsletter/email notice

Get ready for flu season – protect your whānau and community

Colder weather also brings along a nasty passenger – the flu.

As you may have seen in the media, it’s been a terrible flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, which is a possible predictor for what we may see here.

Influenza infection rates are generally highest in children and healthy children are the major cause of the spread of the virus in the community. Around 80 percent of people infected show no or minimal symptoms so you can spread the flu bug without knowing you have it – and the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions are particularly vulnerable.

Canterbury District Health Board is urging you to protect your whānau and the wider community by getting your flu shot as soon as possible. Getting your flu shot every year offers the best protection against the flu. This year’s vaccines have been specially formulated for New Zealand and are expected to offer protection against the strain that was circulating in the Northern Hemisphere.

Flu shots are available for anyone for a fee from a doctor, nurse or some pharmacists or you or your whānau may qualify for a free shot – check out www.flufree.co.nz for more info and flu facts.

Posters

Make your work a flu-free zone

Stay flu-free this winter

It's much easier staying well...

Are you a secret flu spreader?

Don't invite these guys over

Stay flu-free (over 65s)

I'm keeping my whānau well

Keep you and your bump flu-free

Stop if you have a cold or cough

Stop if you have a cold or cough

Educational Materials

Wash Your Hands poster

Stop the Spread of Flu Germs

Sneeze Safe Lesson Plan

Sneeze Safe poster