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The medicine depot in Cathedral Square where the Government standard influenza medicine was supplied

The medicine depot in Cathedral Square where the Government standard influenza medicine was supplied

The medicine depot in Cathedral Square where the Government standard influenza medicine was supplied
[1918]

New Brighton Borough Council influenza epidemic instructions, 18 November 1918: "1.) Go to bed directly you feel symptoms like pain in the head and limbs or a 'cold'. 2.) Go to bed in a room not occupied by a person who is well and stay there till the temperature returns to normal. 3.) On going to bed, take a drink of any kind as hot as possible, remove sheets and lie between blankets. 4.) Take light diet, such as milk, beef tea, soups and gruel. 5.) Don't depress yourself by looking at the bad side. 6.) Remember, the large majority of persons who take ill get well. 7.) Only one member of the family of the house should visit the patient's room. 8.) Don't allow people to come into your room and loiter there. 9.) If no doctor has prescribed for you, take ammoniated quinine in a half to a teaspoon doses in plenty of water every four hours. Add one teaspoonful of boric acid or borax, one teaspoonful of baking soda, and one teaspoonful of salt to a large tumblerful of hot water, sniff to this solution as hot as can be borne through the nose, then gargle throat with the solution as hot as can be borne. Brush the teeth with the same solution or with any antiseptic tooth-paste. Do all these three times a day. 11.) If you sneeze or cough, try to put your handkerchief before your nose or mouth. Remember, the minute droplets passing from you in sneezing or coughing carry the germs of infection to others. 12.) Keep in bed till you feel you are quite able to get about; this will be when your temperature is down to normal. 13.) Don't go outdoors except into direct sunshine until the catarrh or 'cold in the head', if you have this symptom, is quite gone. The public are advised that the use of the inhalation chamber should not be availed by those who have developed symptoms. The inhalation chamber is situated at the terminus opposite the cafe and is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Standard medicine may be obtained at the council chambers where beef tea is also available in necessary cases. Ring up 3503 K (council chambers) in case of emergency. Hours 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. - F. Kibblewhite, Mayor, J. Bosomworth, Town Clerk" -- Transcribed from New Brighton scrapbook, part of Christchurch City Council archives.

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