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...

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Measles outbreak

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles and is asking people who may have come in contact with that person to watch out for symptoms. Measles is a serious illness. One in 10 people with measles need hospital treatment and...

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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...

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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...

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Clinical trial participants needed!

Do You Have Pain Due to Endometriosis? Dr Phillipa Murray with Southern Clinical Trials Remuera is looking for women to participate in a research study to evaluate whether an investigational medicine could reduce pain to to endometriosis. To qualify, participants in...

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New 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...

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