Wuhan Coronavirus 2019_nCoV

A Viral Pneumonia cluster has been reported in Wuhan China which has been advised to the WHO. For further information, updates from our NZ National Health Advisory click below, otherwise for earlier updates and posters visit the Other Infectious Risk page:


Australia Bushfires

For current information on the Primary Healthcare response to the Australia Bushfires 



An individual with a confirmed case of measles has travelled across multiple locations in the South and North Islands between Saturday 28th December 2019 and Monday 6th January 2020.  For more information and precautions to take click here.

A review has been completed on the 2019 Canterbury Measles Response. We acknowledge and thank all the general practice teams’ efforts to respond to the vaccination programme and for their feedback to the review. A review document spells out the recommendations made by a wide group of stakeholders. You can read the report here.

For more information on the measles response, see the Other Infectious Risk page.


Influenza Updates and Resources

Canterbury (along with Australia and some other parts of New Zealand) experienced a very early influenza wave in 2019 and the peak occurred nearly two months earlier than the average of the previous five years. The vaccination rate across New Zealand was the highest for any previous influenza season; Canterbury vaccinated 64% of people over 65. The majority of confirmed influenza cases reported nationally were Influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B/Victoria. See the CPRG updates from the season below.

Click on the below links to download posters.


Other emergencies

For up-to-date emergency notices across the country, visit the Ministry of Civil Defence website. For local information, the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website provides information across our district. Check with NZTA for updates on road conditions.