Nelson Marlborough Health

Winter wellness

Your guide to healthcare services and self-care

Stay well this winter

You can help to keep yourself and your family well this winter, by:

  • seeking advice from your GP or pharmacist when you are ill
  • knowing how to care for yourself and others at home
  • knowing how to try to avoid winter illness
  • knowing how to prevent giving your illness to other people.

Staying well this winter


There are five things you should do in your first 10 weeks of pregnancy that will help you and your baby stay well this winter.


Antibiotics use

Antibiotics won’t make you feel better or recover faster from viral infections but there are things you can do to help.

Manage your symptoms


Immunisation is your best defence against winter-related diseases. See the National Immunisation Schedule.

Fight Flu website

Quit smoking

Our quit-smoking services are free and designed to give you the best chance of quitting and staying smoke-free.

Let us help you

Healthy living

Many health conditions can be prevented or dramatically improved by making healthy lifestyle choices.


Mental health

We all have ups and downs which affect our ability to enjoy life. We need to find the right strategies to help keep our life in balance.

Wellness tips

Healthy homes

There is a strong relationship between housing and health.  Stay healthy this winter by keeping your home dry and warm.

Tips for a warmer home

How to prevent making others sick

HHNZ logoWhile you may not be able to avoid getting sick this winter, there are things you can do to prevent spreading germs and making other people sick.

- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

- Put your used tissue in a lined rubbish bin or in a plastic bag

- Wash and dry your hand often, especially after coughing or sneezing – use soap or hand gel

- Stay away from others if you’re sick

- Don’t share drinks or eating utensils.

 Find out more about handwashing