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Flu Vaccinations are available

People eligible for FREE flu vaccine for 2020 are:

  • pregnant women (any trimester)
  • people aged 65 and over
  • people under 65 years of age with certain chronic conditions, such as chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma and COPD

Must wait instore for 20 mins after being vaccinated.

Please phone to book an appointment. Give us a call  on 578 3566 ext 2.

Influenza Vaccine

  1. Vaccination is your best protection against the flu. Even if you still get the flu after vaccination, your symptoms are less likely to be severe.
  2. Get vaccinated to stop the spread of the flu around your community. Even if you don't feel sick, you could still be infected with the flu virus and pass it on to others.
  3. The flu vaccine is recommended and FREE for people who are most likely to get very sick, be hospitalised or even die if they catch the flu. 
  4. Having the flu vaccine every year can keep older people healthy and active for longer.
  5. Getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy helps protect the mother and her baby against the flu.

What is the flu vaccine?

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.

Get vaccinated every year

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. 

When is the flu vaccine given?

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.

Pregnant women

If you become pregnant after winter and have not received the current flu vaccine, it is recommended that you have it by 31 December.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

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:

  • pregnant women (any trimester)
  • people aged 65 years and over
  • people under 65 years of age with with certain chronic conditions, such as chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma and COPD
  • children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness, including children aged 6–59 months (under 5 years) who were hospitalised with measles.

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.

Who should not get the flu vaccine?

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:

  • atezolizumab (TECENTRIQ®)
  • ipilimumab (YERVOY®)
  • nivolumab (OPDIVO®)
  • pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®).

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.