2019 Flu vaccinations are here!
April 26, 2019
Why should I get it?
- Annual vaccinations are important for several reasons:
- 1.Protection lessens over time and requires a booster to remain effective.
- 2.Different strains of influenza are present in the community at different times. The yearly vaccine targets the most prevalent strains for that year.
- 3.Many people carrying influenza may not have symptoms but can still pass the virus onto others. Getting yourself vaccinated helps to protect those in the community who are vulnerable and at risk, many of whom may not be able to get the vaccination themselves.
When should I get it?
- The best time to get your vaccination is before influenza is present in the community. This is usually from the beginning of March through to May each year.
- If you haven't received your vaccination by May you should still come in and get it. Antibodies that offer protection from influenza can begin circulating in the blood in as little as four days after receiving the vaccination.
Can I get it for free?
- The following groups of patients are eligible and strongly recommend to get their free vaccination from 01 April through to 31 December:
- 1.Anyone aged 65 or over
- 2.Pregnant woman (any trimester)
- 3.Anyone younger than 65 with the following conditions:
- Heart disease: ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, congenital heart disease, rheumatic heart disease or cerebrovascular disease
- Asthma requiring regular preventative medicine
- Chronic respiratory disease with impaired lung function
- Chronic kidney disease
- Any form of current cancer (excluding non-invasive basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers)
- Other conditions: auto-immune disease, immune suppression or immune deficiency, HIV, transplant recipient, neuromuscular or CNS disorder/disease, haemoglobinopathy, children on long-term aspirin, cochlear implant, metabolic error at risk of major decompensation, pre/post splenectomy or Down syndrome
I can't get it for free, should I still get it?
- -Anyone older than six months can and should receive the vaccination as it protects themselves and their community.
- -If you are not eligible for a free vaccination it will cost $38.
- -Please call on 09 489 2011 to make an appointment with the practice nurse.
If you are seeing the GP in the next few weeks and would like to receive the vaccination, please tell the doctor prior to the beginning of the consultation to save you waiting 15 minutes