Winter Health Tips from the Nurses

Colds and Flu

The following website contains useful information about the common cold and flu: http://www.fightflu.co.nz/

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-general-public

Our advice is as follows:

  • Wash your hands often. Hand washing is an important line of defence against germs like flu and cold viruses.
  • Keep your distance if someone is sick (coughing, sneezing, etc.). Flu viruses travel through the air, so try to stay away from people who have the above symptoms.
  • It’s also a good idea to avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth — three places flu viruses can easily enter the body.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow — not into your hands. That way, you’re not spreading the virus when you touch surfaces that other people may touch too.
  • Stay home if you have the flu or cold symptoms.  You don’t want to pass your germs to someone else.
  • You can also fight the flu on a daily basis by keeping your immune system strong. Some great immune boosters are getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods (including five or more servings of fruits and veggies a day!), drinking plenty of fluids, and getting regular exercise. You could also increase your intake of Vitamin C and Zinc to boost your immune system over the winter months.

If you get a cold:

  • Have Eucalyptus steam inhalations.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses water/day.
  • Drink hot herbal teas/chicken soup
  • Use turmeric in cooking (fights infection), Turmeric lattes
  • Drink hot real squeezed lemon, with honey and real grated ginger.
  • Get a good night’s sleep!

Keep well!
Ashia & Sally –  The Nurses 

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