Influenza Information

PLEASE NOTE - there is a national shortage of Flu Vaccines.  We will update this page when we have more supplies.

The following groups will take priority when we receive more vaccines:

* Pregnant Woman

* Those aged 65 and over

* Children aged 4 and under with serious respiratory illnesses

* People with sever asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions that make them more suseptible to influenza

 

YOU COULD COME IN CONTACT WITH INFLUENZA AT ANYTIME

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.

INFLUENZA FACTS

- Influenza isnt just a bad cold - it can be serious and can kill

- Around 1.2 million kiwis get influenza yearly

- Immunisation prepares your immune system to fight influenza

- You cannot get influenza from the vaccine

- Influenza immunisation is free for those most at risk*

Free Influenza for....

- pregnant woman (any trimester)

- people with an ongoing medical condition e.g. asthma, diabetes, or heart or lung condition

- people aged 65 years or over

For everyone else the Influenza vaccine is $30.

Please book online in one of our Flu Clinics or phone us for an appointment.  Please remember you will need to wait 20 minutes after your vaccine is given.

THE INFLUENZA VIRUS IS DIFFERENT FROM A COLD OR VIRUS

A cold virus only affects the nose, throat and the upper chest and lasts for a few days, whereas influenza can be a serious illness that affects the whole body and can last up to a week or more.

 

INFLUENZA

Sudden onset of illness 

A cold -  Mild illness

Modern to severe illness.  Fever (usually high)

 A cold - Mild fever

Headache (may be severe)

 A cold - Mild headache   (congested sinuses)

Dry cough, may become moist

 A cold - Sometimes a cough

Muscle aches 

A cold - Muscle aches are uncommon

Shivering 

A cold - A runny nose

Bed rest necessary

Can suffer sever complications (eg. pneumonia)

 

for further information on Influenza www.fightflu.co.nz or phone and speak to one of our nurses.