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July 2022

This month's topics in focus


Getting your flu vaccine is particularly important in 2022

It's likely more of us will get flu this winter, so if you're eligible for the free flu vaccine, get it now. Children aged 3-12 and people with serious mental health or addiction needs are now eligible for a free flu vaccine. Find out more.

Second COVID-19 booster

From 5 July, a second COVID-19 booster dose will be available to anyone over the age of 50, as well as health, aged-care and disability-care workers over the age of 30. Your can have your second booster if it's been at least 6 months since your first. Find out more.

Winter – preparing for ills and chills

Are you and your medicine cabinet ready for winter? Good preparation can help you to cope better when those winter ailments arrive for you and your whānau. Find out more.

Lock out winter cold and mould

A warm and dry home can help keep you and your whānau healthy over winter, but for some, the cost of having a cosy house might break the bank. Read our budget-friendly tips on how to lock out winter cold and mould.


You're used to talking to your friends through text, social media, email and video apps such as Skype, Facetime or Zoom. Now you can 'see' your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional using digital technologies. Find out more.

Gastroenteritis in children

Gastroenteritis (gastro) is a bowel infection, usually caused by a virus. It causes runny, watery poo (hamuti) and sometimes vomiting. Find out more.

Top tips for wellbeing


Is it time for a check-up?

If it’s been a while since you last saw your doctor, now may be a good time for an annual check-up. Find out more.

Step right up!

Walking on a regular basis can improve your health and wellbeing. Not only is walking ideal for all ages and fitness levels, it’s free to do. If you’re feeling cold this winter, a brisk walk will increase your blood flow and help you feel warmer. Find out more.

Lose your fear of talking about health

It’s no big secret that many Kiwi men are reluctant to talk about their physical and mental health. Instead you may ignore signs that something is wrong or may feel unable to talk about what's bothering you. But there’s a world of information, support and advice for you, along with ways you can take better care of yourself. Find out more.

Understanding medicines

Disrupted supply of Accuretic

Are you taking Accuretic tablets for high blood pressure? If so, it's important to know that from August 2022, supplies of this medicine will be disrupted. When you are next due for a repeat of Accuretic, talk to your healthcare provider about changing to a new high blood pressure medicine. Find out more.

There's an app for that

Buddhify app

Buddhify app is a mindfulness app that provides the user with over 200 audio tracks of guided meditations for use in many different situations and environments. The app is suitable for all ages with separate, tailored meditations for children and adults. Find out more.

Recipe of the month

Kūmara chips with guacamole

This Healthy Kids recipes swaps takeaway hot chips for a tasty homemade version using kūmara. The recipe is available in English and Te Reo Māori.  Read the recipe.
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