Experiencing Flu Symptoms?

We’re researching an investigational flu medication The DIAMOND Study is researching an investigational medication for people with influenza A (the flu). Doctors would like to see if adding it to the standard care for flu can affect how quickly participants...

Meningococcal Vaccine Information

In NZ, approximately: 50% of meningitis is caused by Menz B strain 50% by Menz A, C, W and Y strain Menz W causes more deaths than Menz B. For Menz W the high risk groups are those who are: <5 years of age 13-19 years of age Living in overcrowded houses Living in...

Food safety in the barbecue season

With daylight saving and the beginning of the barbecue season fast approaching, the following 4 Cs are important for food safety:   CLEAN: Good hand hygiene is important. Also, wash knives and utensils between preparing raw and cooked food. COOK: Defrost frozen...

Be SunSmart this Summer!

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand and that our country has some of the highest level of ultraviolet (UV) radiation? The NZ Herald recently published the findings of a Southern Cross survey which revealed 51% of parents admitted...

Shingles vaccine (Zostavax)

Many of us have either had shingles or know of a friend or relative who have had shingles before. If you have had chicken pox (and most people in New Zealand have), you are carrying the virus that causes shingles. The chicken pox virus never leaves your body – when...