Canterbury is preparing for double pain with serious illnesses as the flu starts to hit the region along with the measles epidemic.
On Friday, Canterbury Medical Officer Alistair Humphrey said on March 10, when Data Last collected 18 cases at Canterbury.
Those 18 arrived at the emergency room at Christchurch Hospital with flu-like symptoms for five weeks before March 10th. Eighteen people may also have flu in Canterbury, as the epidemic of measles is being held. “/>
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Eighteen people may also have flu in Canterbury, as the epidemic of measles is being held.
He can not tell how many of them are confirmed. [1
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Humphrey states that the Canterbury District Health Council and other health organizations were
"We are not concerned about it as such, it just tells us that the season starts."
Measles were still a priority, he said, as it is more life-threatening.
A statement from the Ministry of Health's website indicates that in 2019 the vaccine will only be available from April 1.
Changing the fixed starting date is to ensure that the vaccine remains as effective as possible during the flu peak period that usually occurs at the end of winter.
In previous years, the vaccination program started as soon as the influenza vaccine became available, usually by the end of March
But Humphrey said it would not be presented because there was not enough space in the refrigerator.
"The first April was the date chosen, we must keep both vaccines cold," he said.
There was no problem with patients vaccinated for MMR and flu at the same meeting, Humphrey said.
This decision will be taken by their general practitioner based on how they prefer to work in clinics
Vaccination against influenza is free of charge for priority groups such as pregnant women, people over 65, and those with chronic illnesses. Humphrey said that many people could get free flu vaccines through their employer.