Around one in four New Zealanders are infected with influenza each year. Many people won’t feel sick at all, but can still pass it on to others.
Influenza can be anywhere. 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 influenza.
Getting a flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the effects of the flu: headaches, fever and aches and pains. The vaccine can also greatly reduce your risk of serious complications that can develop from the flu. It is important to note that the flu vaccine does not give you the flu.
By immunising against influenza you can protect yourself and lessen the chance of bringing it home to a baby, older relative, or someone with a medical condition who could develop serious complications from influenza.
It is best to be vaccinated early in the season, as it can take up to two weeks following the vaccination for the body to develop flu-fighting antibodies. Almost everyone can benefit from the protection of annual influenza immunisation.
The vaccine is free for people at risk predominantly:
- Pregnant (any stage of pregnancy)
- 65 years or older
OR who have:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Asthma/Respiratory Disease
- Cancer & some other diseases
For those who are not eligible for a FREE vaccination, there is a one-off cost of $26
Influenza in the Workplace
20% of people that catch the flu each year still turn up to work
Flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways a business can help protect itself from the costs of winter staff illness. Te Hiku Hauora GP Clinics has a dedicated team of Authorised Nurse Vaccinators that will provide you and your employees with this service.
We can visit your workplace by arrangement to vaccinate staff onsite, or employees can make an appointment to come into any of our Te Hiku Hauora GP clinics.
To make an appointment please phone
Te Hiku Hauora GP Clinic 408 0049
Mamaru Clinic 406 0074
Kaitaia Health Centre 408 1300
For more information please go to
www.fightflu.co.nz or www.health.govt.nz