If you're feeling under the weather it's important to seek health advice sooner rather than later – don't wait for things to get worse.
With winter bugs doing the rounds that's one of the messages from Canterbury DHB Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sue Nightingale.
"Health advice comes in many forms, and if you're coming down with a cold, cough or sore throat, there are a number of ways you can get practical information on what to do.
Check out HealthInfo Canterbury www.healthinfo.org.nz and search away. There's all manner of practical advice for managing colds, sore throats and coughs.
For common winter ailments, your community pharmacy can help with advice and a range of over the counter medications to help alleviate symptoms.
Remember at this time of year your general practice team will be busy 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 – details are available on this website
And remember for #care around the clock, dial your usual general practice team phone number – even when they're closed – and you can be put through to a nurse who can provide free health advice. If it's urgent and you need to be seen, they can tell you what to do and where to go.
If you want to find out more about the #care around the clock nurses who provide free health advice over the phone after-hours, watch the video
Finally, 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.
A list of the community pharmacies in Canterbury who are providing influenza vaccinations this year is available on our flu free website www.flufree.co.nz
"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.
If you would like to use any care around the clock graphics, or 'bug' illustrations from the www.flufree.co.nz website, please let us know and we can provide a high resolution files to you.
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