December 2019
Tips and ideas for health and wellbeing from Health Navigator.

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Measles outbreak in the Pacific

Important advice for travellers to the Pacific Islands
The Ministry of Health has issued advice for travellers to Samoa, Tonga, the Philippines and Fiji and to any countries experiencing a measles outbreak. Travellers to these areas are advised to be up-to-date with their MMR vaccinations or get vaccinated. Find out more about the recent update and other advice from the Ministry of Health.

Spotlight on summer

Top tips for summer food safety
You may be familiar with the four C rules of food hygiene – clean, cook, cover and chill – but, like many of us, there might be other areas where your food hygiene skills need a bit of a refresher!
Tips for staying safe in the sun
Summer has arrived and that means more time spent outside in the glorious sunshine. Make sure you know what to do to look after yourself and stay safe while you have fun in the sun.
Have yourself a stress free Christmas
Christmas can be a busy time of the year that ends up with overspending and overindulging but it doesn't have to be. See our top tips for having a stress-free Christmas

Health and wellbeing

I’m hapū (pregnant) – what are my options?
Finding out you’re pregnant can be a roller coaster of emotions – happiness, shock, fear, excitement, distress – and can be highly overwhelming. The Growing Up in NZ study found that nearly 40% of pregnancies were unplanned. Planned or unplanned, what are your options if you do find yourself pregnant?
The spin on vertigo
If you have the sensation that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement, you may be experiencing vertigo. To help stop your world feeling like it's spinning out of control, read about the causes and treatments for vertigo.
Slowing the decline – exploring treatment options for Alzheimer's
Growing older is the most significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and with more people living longer,  Alzheimer's is becoming more common. While there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, there's are a number of treatments to help slow the progression of the disease.

Parenting puzzles solved

Get help early for severe acne
Acne is usually caused by hormonal changes that occur during puberty, but it can start at any age. If it’s particularly severe it can be emotionally distressing and cause scarring. The good news is there are prescription treatments that can help and may prevent scarring if started early.
Did you know that chickenpox can be prevented by a vaccine?
The chickenpox vaccine protects against infection from the varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox infection. While for most people chickenpox is a mild disease, it can be serious or even fatal in rare cases. Find out who the chickenpox vaccination is funded and recommended for in New Zealand.

Understanding your medicines

Is the shingles vaccine right for you?
The shingles vaccine protects against herpes zoster (shingles) infection. Shingles is a very painful, itchy skin rash that usually appears around your chest and back. It affects about 1 in 3 people in their lifetime, causing ongoing symptoms for some people. The effectiveness of the vaccine differs by age and reduces over time. Find out more.
Don't get bitten by insects this summer
Summer is coming and with it lots of bitey things. Find out what to look for in insect repellents and how to apply them correctly.

There's an app for that!

What to look for in breast self-check apps
There's are a number of apps that show women how to examine their breasts for changes. These are often called breast self-examination apps. Read Health Navigator’s review of the Breast Cancer Foundation's app.
How to use symptom checkers safely
Symptom checkers are online tools designed to help you understand what your medical symptoms could mean and guide you to the appropriate action. Find out how safe and accurate symptom checkers are and tips for using them.

Video of the month

It can be hard for teens to know how to support each other. This video talks about how to be a good mate, with tips to help you recognise the signs that someone may need support and different ways to ask if they are okay.
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