March 2016 Newsletter


We will be offering walk-in clinics for the Flu Vaccine – Watch out for the dates!

What’s the difference between the common cold and “the flu”?

Colds and flu’s are respiratory illnesses that are commonly confused with one another.

The common cold is an inflammation of the mucous membranes and tends to be centered in the nose. Even though you may feel tired or have aches, most symptoms are above the neck.

Influenza – commonly known as “the flu” – can have much more serious effects, making you feel sick all over. You can be vaccinated against the flu but not for a cold.

BTCMP InfluenzaThere are over 200 different types of viruses that can cause a cold; whereas, the flu is caused by a single family of viruses (the influenza viruses).


Cold symptoms typically last between 1 to 5 days. Early signs include a sore throat, sneezing and a running nose. After a few days, nasal secretions usually become thicker and may turn a greenish or yellowish colour. Colds tend to last about a week, but a few symptoms (e.g. cough) may continue for an additional week or so.

The flu tends to occur suddenly, with fever, body aches and extreme tiredness meaning bed rest is normally required. Chest infection is common and can lead to complications such as pneumonia. Symptoms typically last 4 to 7 days; however, the cough and tiredness usually lasts for weeks after the rest of the illness is over.

Click here to learn more about signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention: Colds




Remember paracetamol/pamol is a drug and must only be taken as prescribed. Many over the counter products contain paracetamol to avoid overdose and for safe use in children click the links:






From the 1 July 2015, we will be offering ZERO fees to all our ENROLLED U13 year old patients for GP Consultations ONLY!

  (NOTE: This does not include ACC or any other services, which will be charged as usual)


Flu VaccineColds

We still have the Flu Vaccine in stock and available for those that have missed the rush.



Ethnicity Audit


The Ministry of Health has requested our practice to participate in an Ethnicity audit, our reception staff will be asking all our patients whether they would like to be part of its audit.


March Newsletter

Winter is on the way however it is possible to prevent common winter ills!

Influenza can affect anyone, no matter how fit, active and healthy they may be, the best protection is immunisation

The non-funded influenza vaccine will be available from Monday 23 March 2015 at our clinic at a cost of $30. We are waiting on the release date for the Funded influenza vaccine. For more information click here.

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes two very serious illnesses: meningitis (an infection of the membranes that cover the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).

Several vaccines are available which protect against different groups of meningococcal disease – A, C, Y and W135. These vaccines aren’t free (except for some people whose spleens don’t work or who don’t have a spleen), but they’re available for private purchase through general practices if people want them.

Rheumatic fever is a serious illness which starts with a sore throat caused by the bacteria Group A Streptococcus. You may hear it called Strep throat.

 Sore Throats Key Messages

  • A sore throat can lead to rheumatic fever if it’s left untreated. Rheumatic fever is very serious and causes heart damage.
  • Every time your child has a sore throat it could be serious. Don’t ignore, take them to a doctor or nurse straight away to get it checked.
  • We know it is a big ask to get your child checked every time they have a sore throat, but it is important.
  • Ring Healthline on 0800 611 116 to find out where your nearest free sore throat clinic is.
  • If you are prescribed a course of antibiotics, please take them for the whole 10 days or they might not work. Many winter diseases are spread from person-to-person through coughing and sneezing.
  • To help stop the spread of disease always:
    • cover your nose or mouth with your arm or a tissue when you sneeze or cough
    • wash and dry your hands after coughing/sneezing, using the toilet and before and after preparing food.