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May 2022

This month's topics in focus


Health Navigator NZ has developed a series of information pages to support people who have Long COVID. Topics covered include:

Flu vaccine

There is concern we could see much higher rates of flu this winter. Find out if you qualify for a free flu vaccine. This is the best way to protect yourself and your whānau from getting sick with the flu. Find out more.

COVID-19 and people with weakened immune systems

If you or a loved-one has a weakened immune system, it's important to contact your healthcare team straight away. There are now new COVID treatments available, however these need to be started within the first 5 days of symptoms or a positive COVID test. Learn more.

Every beat tells a story

Our pulse can tell us a lot about our heart. Watch this video to learn how your pulse, or heart rate, can provide important clues. Learn about normal and abnormal heart rates and find out how to check your own pulse. Watch now.

Understanding medicines

Paracetamol and ibuprofen factsheets

Health Navigator NZ has recently developed medicine factsheets for 2 commonly used pain medicines - Ibuprofen and paracetamol. The factsheets explain how to safely take each medicine and the importance of checking the ingredients of other medicines you are also taking. 

These are now available in Te Reo Māori, Samoan, Cook Islands Māori, Tongan, Niuean and English.

Medicines and the environment

If medicines are not disposed of correctly, they can pollute the environment – especially our waterways. Find out how to safety dispose your unwanted medicines and medicine containers. Learn more.

Top tips for wellbeing

No data? No problem!

You can use our website to get health information without using any data on your phone. Tell your friends and whānau! Find out more about data-free access.

Support near you

What services do pharmacies offer?

Apart from dispensing medicines, pharmacies offer a range of services to keep you and your family well. This can include help with COVID-19, treating minor ailments and health conditions, health checks, and vaccinations. Find out more.

There's an app for that

Virtual consult apps

There are a variety of apps and online tools that enable you to talk to a doctor, nurse, psychologist, or other healthcare provider without seeing them in person. Learn more about these apps.

Recipe of the month

Apple, raisin and cinnamon porridge

With the weather becoming cooler, this tasty porridge with apple, raisins and cinnamon offers a gourmet twist to your breakfast. View the recipe.
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