FROM THE ED­I­TOR

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I saw a glo­ri­ous sight while out walk­ing the dog the other day. Tiny pink blos­soms on an old peach tree - a sure sign spring is right round the cor­ner. In fact, it’s less than ten days away.

The change in sea­sons can’t come soon enough for me this year. It seems like an aw­fully long win­ter, made more te­dious be­cause of a nasty flu bug.

It was the first time I’ve been sick in years. I’ve spo­ken to loads of peo­ple, and heard of plenty more, who have been struck down by the virus.

Flu rates are three times higher than they were this time last year, with more than 180 Ki­wis need­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment per week.

This ’su­per flu’ has me won­der­ing whether a flu jab, some­thing I’ve never con­sid­ered be­fore, might be in or­der next win­ter.

Watch out for symp­toms in­clud­ing headaches, fever or chills, body aches and fa­tigue.

Yes, spring is highly an­tic­i­pated, and I’m sure we’re all look­ing for­ward to plenty of sun­shine in the com­ing weeks.

- Jenny

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