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4 Questions answered about Vitamin D

Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in our skin in response to sunlight. It is an essential vitamin that helps to regulate calcium in our bodies and so is vital for good bone health and preventing osteoporosis. Research over the past few years has also shown some evidence that vitamin D plays a role in our immune response and how susceptible we are to infection.

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Vaccinations in 2021

  In 2020 we learnt much about the spread of viruses, the distance droplets can travel and how good hygiene protects us. We used lots of space, soap, disinfectants and the influenza (flu) vaccine. Flu infection rates dropped. In 2021 we have the option to add the COVID-19 vaccine to our arsenal against viruses. As influenza and coronavirus are caused by different viruses, vaccination against one does not offer any protection from the other. This means a three-step vaccination program is recommended for adults over 18 years, for most people, starting with your annual flu vaccination. Step 1: Influenza vaccine The flu vaccination offers protection for you and your loved ones against four strains of influenza. It is available for...

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Cancer: A heart breaking story

Meet Sam, a gorgeous Hawke’s Bay 9 year old boy full of life. You may have seen his story, unfortunately Sam has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Sam needs treatment at Starship Hospital for the next 3 years. What is worse is that Sam’s Dad, Derek, has undergone treatment for male breast cancer in 1995 and 2009 and his Mum, Helen, was also diagnosed and fought breast cancer 2½ years ago. Sam has 2 siblings who have had most of their childhood memories linked in some way to cancer.

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