SICK FEEL­ING

New Zealand Listener - - OLD CROAKY -

Flu has struck New Zealand with a vengeance this year. Fig­ures from the In­sti­tute of En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Re­search show 188 peo­ple a week have been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal and di­ag­nosed with the flu since the mid­dle of June. That’s al­most dou­ble the num­ber of lurgy suf­fer­ers from the same time last year.

Auck­land, Waikato and Welling­ton have recorded the high­est rates of in­fluenza. Flu ad­mis­sions at Auck­land City Hos­pi­tal for the month of July more than tripled from last year – 136, against 41 in 2016.

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