Protect yourself and the ones you love
Getting your flu vaccine is one of the best things you and your whanau can do to help stay well through winter and the flu season. It can be anywhere and is easily spread through talking, coughing and sneezing. Your best protection is a flu vaccine.
All our medical centres can help you and many have Flu Clinics where no appointment is needed. Contact your local centre to find out how quick and easy it is to get vaccinated.
How a flu vaccine can help you
Much like COVID-19, flu can lead to serious complications, even death, especially among the elderly and people with existing medical conditions, weakened immune systems and women who are pregnant. Unlike COVID-19, very young children are also vulnerable. People are always at risk of repeatedly catching influenza because the virus strains are always changing. That's why it’s recommended everyone from 6 months old get the flu vaccine every year.
Being vaccinated against the flu means your body will be able to respond faster and more effectively to fight the flu. Although you can still get the flu after being vaccinated, you may only have a mild form and recover faster. You are also much less likely to have complications such a sinus infection, ear infection, worsening asthma and pneumonia. If you’ve never had the flu vaccine and are feeling a little unsure, here are some Flu Facts to help set your mind at ease.
If you're over 65 years, pregnant or have a chronic condition you may be eligible for a free vaccine, click here to check.
What to do now
- contact your nearest The Doctors medical centre book a flu vaccine appointment
- fill out the Flu Vaccine Consent Form to take with you
- talk with your medical team with any queries, we're here to help