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Preparing my whānau to stay well this winter:

Immunisations & Vaccinations

Immunisations and vaccines are the first line of defence to protect you, your whānau, and those who are vulnerable in our communities this winter.


Find out more about the key vaccinations to keep up with: Saturday Immunisation Clinics:

Influenza (flu) vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine and boosters

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Childhood immunisation

Immunisations during pregnancy

Nelson Marlborough Health runs a drop-in immunisation clinic:

Every Saturday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Richmond Health Hub - 281Queen Street, Richmond

Childhood, Pregnancy, MMR and 11 & 12 year old immunisations

For more information, email [email protected]

More information on Immunisations and Vaccinations

Healthy homes

Warm homes are healthy homes. Is your home insulated or heated? Do you have a safe way to heat your home? There are options for both home owners and renters. 

Resources are also available for keeping a healthy home in winter, including reduced-cost firewood and free curtains.


Available support

Healthy kai

Fruits and vegetables are great for supporting our immune system in winter, but they are also less available and affordable in winter.

Click through for tips and community initiatives to access healthy fruit and vegetables.

Resources available

Being smokefree

Being smokefree is the #1 thing parents can do to prevent RSV in tamariki.

Any time of year is a good time to quit smoking, but with the surge of flu, RSV, and bronchiolitis in the colder months, it is especially important to be Smokefree in winter to reduce harm.

Support to quit

Agencies who can support my whānau

There are a number of community agencies who you can reach out to for support at all of times of the year, but are especially helpful resources throughout winter.

Financial, cultural, mental, physical and more support is available across Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough.

Search services

Mental health resources & support

The challenges of winter can take a toll on mental health or worsen already existing issues.

There are a number of services and resources you can access for support and care.

Access support

Safety in Winter

Winter brings a unique and additional lot of dangers that you need to be aware of to prepare for and avoid.

This includes support and saftey around fire, food, driving children and violence.

Learn more

Where to get help if my whānau is unwell:

Health Navigator

Health Navigator is a good place to start to learn about what symptoms can be managed at home and what requires medical attention. Information on Health Navigator is reviewed by New Zealand health professionals.

Search Health Navigator by common winter illnesses:

Acute sinusitis Influenza (flu)
Acute bronchitis Pneumonia
Bronchiolitis (chest infection) Raynaud syndrome
Colds Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Coughs Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
COVID-19 Sore throat
Croup Sore throat in children
Ear infections  Whooping cough (pertussis)
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If you or your whānau are unwell but you're not sure if you need to see a doctor, call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free health advice 24/7 from registered nurses.

For COVID-19 health advice, call 0800 358 5453 anytime. For COVID-19 vaccination advice, call 0800 28 29 26 (8am - 8pm 7 days a week).


Community pharmacies

Pharmacists can help you treat many minor ailments with over-the-counter medicines. They can help you put together a Winter Wellness Kit before you’re unwell.

Many pharmacies also offer immunisations, including flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Find a Pharmacy

General practices

GP (family doctor) is generally the first person you see for medical help if your condition cannot be managed at home (in non-emergency situations).

It is free to enrol, but they may charge a consultation fee per visit.  Most practices offer zero fee visits for children <13 and reduced fees for a Community Services Card.

Find a GP

Māori wellness services

Te Piki Oranga is a kaupapa Māori wellness services provider that offers accessible health and social services that are consistent with the concepts of whānau ora and tino rangatiratanga (self-reliance and independence).

Learn more about they ways Te Piki Oranga can support your whānau.

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Urgent medical centres

An urgent medical centre can help you with any urgent medical issue that you would see a GP for, as well as accident related injuries such as sprains or cuts.

They offer walk-in (no appointment) services, longer operating hours than most GPs and accept people who aren’t enrolled with GPs, as well as anyone who is not a permanent resident.

Find a centre

Emergency departments

If a life is at risk call 111 or go to the hospital emergency department (ED).

If you’re unsure, call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116 first to confirm if the ED is where you should be.


Agencies to support my whānau this winter:

NBPHO Marlborough PHO2 TPO

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