Who should be immunised?
Influenza continues to be a major threat to public health worldwide because of its ability to spread rapidly through populations. Anyone over 6 months of age can be immunised against influenza. The vaccine is fully funded by PHARMAC for certain groups of people who are considered to be at higher risk of severe outcomes.
Who is eligible for free seasonal influenza vaccination?
Seasonal influenza vaccine is free if administered while vaccines are available autumn / winter each year to eligible people who fall into the following criteria:
1. All pregnant women, at any stage in the pregnancy
2. Anyone aged 6 months to 65 years with one or more of the following medical conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease cerebrovascular disease
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Cancer, excluding basal and squamous skin cancers if not invasive
- Other conditions (chronic renal disease, autoimmune disease, immune suppression, human immunodeficiency virus, transplant recipients, neuromuscular and central nervous systems diseases, haemoglobinopathies, children on long term aspirin)
- Children aged 4 years and under who have been hospitalised for a respiratory illness, or have a history of significant respiratory illness
3. Anyone aged 65 years or over
4. All children age from 3 years to 12 years
5, All Pacific Island and Maori from the age of 55 years
To read more about the influenza vaccinations please visit. www.influenza.org.nz
Or give us a call on (06) 356 8033 to discuss further.