Getting your flu vaccine is one of the best things you can do to help stay well through the flu season. Flu can be anywhere and is easily spread through talking, coughing and sneezing. Your best protection from the flu is getting the vaccine.
When can you get the vaccine?
All our medical centres are taking bookings now and many have Flu Clinics where you don't need an appointment. Contact us to book in or find out when their Flu Clinic is planned. You don't have to be enrolled with us, but the price is much lower if you are. Workplaces can book their teams in to get vaccinated too (more on this below). Key dates to get your vaccine are:
- from 14 April for adults aged 65+ years
- from 17 May until the end of December 2021 for those eligible for a free flu vaccination and for everyone else in NZ
The vaccine is FREE for people who are considered more likely to get seriously sick with the flu i.e. if you're over 65 years, pregnant, have a chronic condition or a child under 5 with a significant history of respiratory illness, click here to check eligibility.
How long will it take?
If you have someone else with you, it's very quick and there's only a 5 minute wait afterwards. A small number of patients may be asked to wait for twenty minutes afterward to ensure there is no reaction to the injection.
Before the vaccination you'll be asked to read a consent form:
- Enrolled with us? You'll be asked to read and verbally consent to this form that will be in the clinic when you arrive
- Not enrolled with us? If you're not enrolled with us you'll be asked to read and sign this form. You can print and sign it in advance to take into the clinic otherwise they will provide you with one when you arrive.
Book your team in for workplace vaccinations
Protecting your team at work from flu is easy! Give your nearest centre a call to book them in - we can come to your workplace at a designated date or give you vouchers your staff can use to come to our clinic. Take a look at the info sheet and booking form and give us a call:
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.
Please do ask our medical team if you have any queries or concerns about flu vaccinations, we're here to help.