Staying as healthy as possible will give you the best chance of keeping free from COVID-19.
Being Smoke-free is an important thing you can do to be well.
It may also reduce your risk of a severe infection with COVID-19.
For quit support, phone ‘Once and For All’ on 0800 6623 4255 or Quitline on 0800 778 778 / text 4006.
Your mental, emotional and spiritual health is important.
If you are experiencing an increase in distress you can text 1737 ‘need to talk?’, for access to a counsellor 24 hours, 7 days. This service is free.
You can also check the Mental Health Foundation website for resources at https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/
Other tips for maintaining mauri ora are listening to or composing waiata, having regular karakia, skyping and keeping in touch with whānau, journaling, doing mahi toi or rāranga.
Flu vaccines are available for FREE for kaumātua and kuia over the age of 65 years old and people with or who have:
Chronic kidney problems
Suffered a stroke
Some heart conditions including a previous heart attach
Heart failure of cardiomyopathy
Some lung issues.
It is also free for:
Tamariki who are under 4 years old with a history of respiratory illness.
More information about flu vaccinations is available here
Vaccinations specifically for hapū māmā
Whooping cough is serious for newborn pēpi.
The whooping cough vaccination (Boostrix) is recommended for any hapu māmā who is 16 weeks pregnant or more.
It will help to protect your pēpi from whooping cough when he or she is born.
Discuss safe ways to get the Whooping Cough vaccination with your GP clinic or midwife.
Updated: Thursday 14 May 2020