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Flu Vaccines

Updated: Mar 22

We have flu vaccines available NOW for the following patients:

- Patients aged 65 and over

- Pregnant women

- Patients with a medical condition which increases their risk of developing a complication if they get influenza: refer Influenza.co.nz for list of approved conditions

- Patients aged under 4 who have been hospitalised with a respiratory illness

We are able to offer flu vaccines to our patients who don’t fit these criteria at a cost of $30 per vaccine from 13 April.


Not inside the clinic

We are currently unable to bring patients into the clinic to have their flu vaccine. This is to protect you from exposure to potentially unwell people. We are planning to give vaccinations under shelter in our carpark or even in your car. It would be best if you can have a support person with you.

Please contact the practice to arrange a time and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Children

Children aged 9yrs and under who have never had a flu vaccine will need to have 2 doses, 4 weeks apart.


When should I have the flu vaccine?

It is recommended you have the vaccine before the influenza season starts. In this way we can reduce the spread of the virus and provide better protection to vulnerable people who are unable to be vaccinated.


Why is it so important to have a flu vaccine this year?

We expect the incidence of the COVID-19 virus in the community to rise throughout the winter months. The flu vaccine will not protect you from the COVID-19 virus but if you become sick with a viral-type illness it will be easier to diagnose and rule out influenza if you have had the vaccine. It will also prevent dual infection with both COVID-19 and Influenza virus.


What can I expect after I have had the flu vaccine?

These responses are more common in children not previously exposed to the vaccine or virus than in adults and include:

- Mild pain, redness and swelling around injection site

- Unwell or tired

- Fever

- Muscle pain


You will need to stay at the practice for 20 minutes after having the vaccine in case of a rare allergic reaction. We will ask you to wait your 20 minutes outside the building. If waiting in your car you should have a support person with you.

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