Influenza is a serious viral infection that causes the death of many New Zealanders each year. Vaccination against seasonal influenza is available each year and is given by injection. In New Zealand, those more at risk of serious health consequences from the flu are offered flu vaccine; but others can choose to pay to be vaccinated at a community pharmacy that has been trained to give vaccinations.
In 2022, all people 65+, or 55 and over and Māori or Pacific, are eligible for the free flu jab. The flu jab is also free if you’re pregnant or have a long-term medical condition like diabetes or a heart condition and for children 4 years old or younger who have been in hospital with a respiratory illness, such as asthma. Contact the staff at Sumner Pharmacy if you are unsure.
New Zealand’s 2022 flu vaccine will protect against four strains of flu virus – two influenza type A strains and two influenza type B strains:
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