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.
Influenza can be life-threatening, especially for the elderly, young children and people with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems.
It is important to note that the flu vaccine does not give you the flu. That is a common misconception.
Flu vaccinations are FREE for New Zealanders who are:
- 65 years or older
OR who have:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Asthma/Respiratory Disease
- Cancer & some other diseases
OR who are:
For those who are not eligible for a FREE vaccination, there is a one-off cost of $26
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.
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 GP Clinic 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.