Now enrolling at at our five GP clinics.
Glenfield: 436-440 Glenfield Road, Glenfield P: 09 444 4244 Extension 1
New Lynn: 2140 Great North Road, New Lynn P: 09 828 8912
Lunn Ave: 110 Lunn Ave, Remuera P: 09 570 8899
Northmed: 3 Akoranga Drive, Northcote P: 09 486 3248
City Doctors Palmerston North: 22 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North P: 06 355 3300
General practice only:
• Northmed White Cross Doctors
What is the novel coronavirus?
You may have heard about the virus that is infecting people in China, and further afield, described as the novel coronavirus. That is because it is a new strain of a known virus, called coronavirus, that can spread from person to person, like a cold or flu. The virus started in the city of Wuhan, China, but has since spread to other countries.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms are similar to a cold or the flu and can include:
In some people it can cause pneumonia and a sudden, serious respiratory infection and kidney failure.
What should I do if I think I have it?
If you have recently returned from overseas or been in contact with someone who has recently returned from overseas, or someone who has the virus, and you feel unwell, seek medical advice as soon as possible.
How can I reduce my risk of getting sick?
If someone you know becomes ill after arriving in the country, avoid close contact with them.
As a matter of routine, you should also:
How can I stop spreading a virus to others?
If you become ill with any flu or cold, the best ways to stop spreading viruses to others includes:
There is no vaccine to protect you from this virus and there is no cure for the infection, but there are ways to manage your symptoms.Acknowledgements: Health Navigator, Ministry of Health, World Health Organization January 2020 Patient leaflet.
The measles outbreak has eased in Auckland, but it is still important to protect yourself and your children with the MMR vaccine. The vaccination is free if you are aged 1 to 50 years and have not been immunised or you are unsure whether you have been immunised. It is safe to have the vaccine again if you are unsure whether you have already been immunised.
The MMR vaccine is now available for no charge regardless of immigration status to Pasifika people aged 6 months–49 years and people aged 6 months–49 years travelling to the Pacific.
If you think you have measles it is important to see your doctor, but please phone ahead to your White Cross GP clinic or urgent care clinic first. This helps to stop people from sitting in a waiting room potentially spreading the disease to other people.