People eligible for FREE flu vaccine for 2020 are:
Must wait instore for 20 mins after being vaccinated.
Please phone to book an appointment. Give us a call on 578 3566 ext 2.
The influenza vaccine (also called the flu vaccine) is used to prevent infection caused by the influenza (flu) virus. The flu can cause serious illness, especially in young children, the elderly and people with chronic health problems, but anyone can become seriously ill from the flu virus. Even if you are not feeling sick, you could still be infected with the flu virus and pass it on to others. Read more about influenza.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent infection and reduce the seriousness of illness if you become infected. It will greatly improve your chances of not getting the flu, but it does not give 100% protection.
Being vaccinated causes your body to produce antibodies against the flu virus. This means your body can respond faster and more effectively to the flu. By first coming across a non-infectious version of the virus in the vaccine, it learns to recognise it. When it comes across it again, your body can react much faster and in a more effective way.
Even if you get the flu after being vaccinated, you usually get a mild form of it and recover faster, and are less likely to have serious complications.
You need to get the flu vaccine every year because protection from the previous vaccination becomes less effective over time. Also, each year the flu vaccine is developed to match the different strains of flu virus you are likely to encounter.
It is possible to come into contact with flu viruses all year round, but the chance of the flu virus circulating in the community is highest during winter. For most people, the best time to be vaccinated against influenza is just before the start of the winter season – in New Zealand, this is between April and June. It takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the vaccine to be fully effective. You may still get the flu in this time if you come into contact with the virus, so get it done early in time for winter.
If you become pregnant after winter and have not received the current flu vaccine, it is recommended that you have it by 31 December.
Any one over the age of 6 months can have the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is free for people who are considered to be at greater risk of complications from the flu:
Check with your doctor if you are uncertain about whether you qualify for a free flu vaccine.
The vaccination is also recommended (although may not be free) if you are in close contact with people with weakened immune systems, as these people may be less able to fight off the flu or who are at high risk of complications from it. Front-line healthcare workers usually have the vaccine funded by their employer.
If you have had a severe allergic reaction following the flu vaccine in the past, let your doctor know before having another flu vaccination. Also, if you have a fever your doctor may recommend postponing the vaccination until you are well.
The flu vaccine may not be suitable or may need to be delayed for people receiving any of the following 4 cancer treatments:
These are the only 4 cancer treatments in New Zealand that require influenza vaccination to be delayed. Your healthcare professional needs to contact your oncologist or phone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) for current advice about the influenza vaccination for these people BEFORE administering the vaccine.