24 May

Your annual flu vaccination may be free

Published: 2016-05-24

You, or your family/ whānau, may be able to get free flu vaccination.

Flu vaccinations are free from a doctor or nurse from March till the end of July, if you’re in one of these groups:

  • Anyone aged 65 years or over

  • People under 65 years of age (including children) with longterm health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease (including asthma that requires regular preventive therapy), kidney disease and most cancers

  • Pregnant women (any stage of pregnancy)

  • Children aged four and under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness.

It’s best to get immunised before winter so you’re protected before flu season strikes. Even if you don’t fit into one of the groups above, you may still be able to get free vaccination from your employer, or for a fee from a doctor, nurse
or some pharmacists. 

Flu can be anywhere, so you can easily catch it or spread it to other people. 

And it isn’t just a ‘bad cold’ – it’s a serious disease that can make other existing conditions, such as breathing or heart problems, even worse, with some people ending up in hospital and some dying. 

Visit www.fightflu.co.nz today to find out whether you qualify for free flu vaccination. 

To talk to someone about the flu vaccine, call your doctor or nurse, or call 0800 IMMUNE 0800 466 863.