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The cases of "swine flu" picked up in New Zealand so far have shown symptoms in the "mild"-to-"moderate" range (ie: similar to a typical winter flu). So there's certainly no need to panic if you develop "Flu-Like symptoms" - such as a high temperature, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and in some cases vomiting or diarrhoea.
However we do need to take particular steps to protect those who are most at risk from flu-like illnesses - including many of those in our hospitals - and in particular groups such as the very young, the very old, the immuno-compromised and the unwell.
If you think you may have the flu, please stay away from work!
Obviously if you need medical treatment then do the usual thing - phone your GP or Healthline on 0800-611-116 (for free medical advice from a registered nurse).
We're encouraging everyone to phone their GP or Healthline first for advice. Your GP or Healthline will co-ordinate with Regional Public Health and advise on the best course of action - be that a trip to the doctor, a trip to ED, or being tucked up in bed with plenty of fluids.