Rotorua Hospital's 180 beds were declared full on May 26. Most of the emergency department admissions at the time were due to winter-type illnesses, including bronchiolitis, asthma and influenza. As Samantha Olley reports, the flu has continued to disrupt the city and the wider Lakes DHB area since.

Influenza is tearing through Rotorua, leaving vaccinators out of stock, classrooms bare and hospital beds packed.

The number of positive flu results recorded in the Lakes District Health Board area in the first five months of the year was almost 15 times that recorded in the same period last year.

Between January

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