Flu can be anywhere. Get immunised.
Contact with the influenza virus is almost unavoidable, and while contact does not necessarily mean infection, it does mean that you are never far from the possibility of catching it.
Influenza, commonly called the flu, can be a serious illness that is sometimes fatal. Infection with the influenza virus may lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an ongoing medical condition. Influenza can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot worse.
Even if you do not end up in hospital, influenza can keep you in bed for a week or more, preventing you from doing work, sport or just about anything that requires leaving the house.
You can protect yourself and the people around you by getting your annual influenza immunisation, just like over a million other kiwis do each year.
FREE for many people.
Don't take the risk! Call your local GP or nurse to arrange a FREE immunisation if you are in any of the following groups:
- are pregnant
- regularly use an asthma preventer
- have diabetes
- have heart disease
- have kidney problems
- have cancer
- have a serious medical condition
- are aged 65 years or over
- a child aged 4 years and under who has been hospitalised for a respiratory illness, or has a history of significant respiratory illness
- If you have another ongoing serious medical condition you may also be eligible for a FREE influenza immunisation
From 1st July PHARMAC has extended the eligibility criteria for funded influenza vaccine to include patients with Down Syndrome, cochlea implant, error of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decomposition and pre and post splenectomy.
If you do not have one of these eligible conditions, you still benefit from an influenza immunisation available, at a small cost.
Ready to get immunised? Find a healthcare professional near you.