Canterbury is preparing for a double whammy with major illnesses, as flu begins to hit the region with the measles epidemic.
On Friday, the medical health official of Canterbury Alistair Humphrey said on March 10, when the data was last collected, there were 18 probable cases in Canterbury.  These 18 came to the emergency department at Christchurch Hospital with flu-like symptoms within five weeks before March 10.
He can not say how many are confirmed.
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Humphrey said that the District Health Board of Canterbury and Other health organizations maintain a "cautious eye" with the increase of the flu.
"We're not worried about it, just let us know that the beginning of the season begins."
Measles still teach, he says, because it is more deadly.
"we will not lower the ball on other things."
A statement on the Health Ministry's website states that 2019 is the first year the vaccine will be available only from April 1.
A change in the fixed date of the start is to ensure that the vaccine remains effective as long as the flu peak period, which usually occurs in the late winter.
In recent years, the vaccine program started as soon as the influenza vaccine was available, usually in late March.
But Humphrey said it would not be taken before the "inadequate fridge room".
"The first month of April is the chosen date, we need to keep both cold vaccines," he says.
No problem with vaccinated patients for MMR and the flu in the same appointment, Humphrey said
This decision will be made by their GP, based on how they want to run clinics.
Flu vaccine is free for priority groups, such as pregnant women, people over 65 and those with severe illness. ] Humphrey said that many people may receive free flu vaccines through their employer.