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Flu vaccinations 2021

May 12, 2021

The 2021 Influenza Immunisation Programme

The 2021 Influenza Immunisation Programme started on 14 April 2021, for people aged 65 and over. We are delighted that so many from this group have been vaccinated already.

The programme for people aged under 65 will start on 17 May, and we are initially focusing on those eligible for a funded vaccination. See the comprehensive list below of the funded conditions.

Please make an appointment with the practice nurse for your flu vaccine, either at Medplus Lake Road in Hauraki or at Anne Street in Devonport.

We highly recommend the flu vaccination. Not only does flu remain a horrible illness that can hospitalise, but during the current pandemic, you will not be able to work or carry on as normal with any respiratory tract infection, including flu.

The recommendation is that the influenza vaccination should be at least 2 weeks apart from any COVID-19 vaccination. If you have not been given an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination, then start with the influenza vaccine first.

Funded influenza vaccine is available each year for people who meet the following criteria set by PHARMAC

1. People 65 years of age or older; or

2. People under 65 years of age who:

ischaemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease, cerebrovascular disease;

asthma, if on a regular preventative therapy, other chronic respiratory diseases with impaired lung function;

autoimmune disease, immune suppression or immune deficiency, HIV, transplant recipient, neuromuscular or CNS disease/disorder, haemoglobinopathy, children on long-term aspirin, a cochlear implant, an error of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decompensation, pre-or post-splenectomy, Down syndrome,

3. Children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness.

The four funded quadrivalent influenza vaccines for 2021

Fluad Quad

Afluria Quad

Influvac Tetra

Afluria Quad Junior

Vaccine safety

For all vaccines, similar to most medications, an extremely rare allergic reaction called 'anaphylaxis' can occur. Anaphylaxis after immunisation occurs about 1–3 times in every one million vaccine doses. All vaccinators will have training and equipment to deal with this situation in the unlikely event of it occurring. No other serious responses to the vaccine have been identified.

Influenza vaccine should not be given to:

Influenza immunisation should be postponed for:

Vaccine effectiveness