Influenza cases still increasing
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 8:08a.m.
New Zealand is facing an influenza epidemic.
Around 50 influenza patients are currently in isolation at Christchurch Hospital, with influenza activity still increasing in the region.
And it now looks like the virus is heading north.
Firstline's Rachel Smalley spoke with virologist Dr Lance Jennings this morning - watch the video.
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14/05/2013 10:53:55 p.m.
Gary, I'm a bit late with this comment, but antibiotics address bacteria and flu is caused by viruses, of which there are many subtypes. No relationship to antibiotics I'm afraid. Flu vaccines build up immunity to the viruses they target. In general vaccines are the cheapest and most effective type of medical intervention. Antibiotics can be abused/misused and cause drug resistant bacteria, but don't have any effect on viruses.
23/07/2012 12:57:43 p.m.
@SANI are you being serious??? It is like a comment from an ALI G movie! At least his uneducated ignorance was funny, mind you I did laugh after I read it. You can not stop influenza it is a part of life, the more injections we have and antibiotics we create the more mutations we cause, the more "super germs we create". The medical profession know this, science knows this, any marginally educated person knows this. The influenza injections is a never ending multi million dollar business, but what the heck, lets just blame the Asians.
23/07/2012 12:44:22 p.m.
Hey Sani, you're racist jerk. Just FYI.
23/07/2012 12:29:18 p.m.
My husband and I went to Waitangi a couple of months ago for a mass (400+) reunion and we both developed a very nasty influenza within a day or two of returning to Auckland which doubled into bronchitis and very nearly turned to pneumonia. This lasted over a month and around 70% of the people who attended the reunion all had the same thing. I'm surprised to read and hear of this as being in Christchurch only and heading North as it's been prevelant here for a while.
23/07/2012 12:28:12 p.m.
Employers are suppose to provide a safe and healthly workplace, why dont management have the power to send sick workers home, thats what costing them productivity, selfish sick employess infect everyone else so they can have a clean work record. Send sick employees home.
23/07/2012 10:43:10 a.m.
Who says, the manufacturers of the influenza injections (rhetorical question). Doctors cash in as do manufacturers of injection equipment. Influenza mutates to various types all the time and can not be immunized from one drug. Mo money mo money mo money.
23/07/2012 10:23:27 a.m.
Well we all know what to do, definitely need a strict check of tourist entering the country. And advertise as many free influenza shots as possible to any new zealander, thats the only way to stop it spreading fast!
23/07/2012 9:38:57 a.m.
All these infectious flu germs have been from Asia in the past. The PC state we live in today does not have any advantage. It was called Hong Kong flu etc in the past and people did not travel from Europe ,South Africa , America or Australia to Asian countries to prevent spreading the disease. However with NZ embracing all Asian countries (and the influx of Asians into NZ are enormous) what do we really expect?
23/07/2012 8:31:21 a.m.
I've been sick for the past week with it, and its not nice at all..the coughing is like barb wire through your throat and the sleepless nights just top it off. with it came body pains like headaches, back pains and stomach cramps. from saturday till now the diarrohea has started and ive had this sickness since wednesday 18th. ive been to the doctor and got sudafed and cough medicine but i dont think its enough
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