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Thursday 24 August 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, National


More than 200 cases of flu like illnesses for June, July and early August
Secretary of Health Bob Williams. Photo: Supplied/22042113

Te Marae Ora (TMO), Ministry of Health has reported 231 cases of influenza-like illnesses.

The figures are from the months of June, July and to August 13.

In June 76 cases were reported, with 94 cases in July and 61 cases this month to August 13.

Earlier in May, TMO said that most of the cases reported had been common colds.

Yesterday, the Rarotonga temperature was 24 degrees Celcius and the public has been advised to stay warm and stay hydrated.

Make an appointment at the Tupapa Primary Health Centre if you are not well.

Meanwhile, influenza vaccines have been available and the public is advised to contact the Tupapa Health Centre and make an appointment on 20065 / 66. It is free for people to receive a flu vaccination.

They have about 2500 doses

Meanwhile, looking at the Covid-19 vaccines- since June 2023 until yesterday, there were 409 Bivalent booster shots given.

TMO secretary Bob Williams said they have committed every Friday at the Public Health Nurses office in Tupapa to deliver the booster. 

“This is by appointment only so we are able to prepare the vaccines.  We monitor our stocks and order on an ‘as required basis’ due to the storage of the vaccine and also its expiry date which is three months.”

Moreover, the Tutaka programme continues in the Pa Enua and no cases of dengue have been identified.