What you should know about the flu

Getting vaccinated against the flu helps reduce the risk of becoming very unwell and passing it on to your loved ones. 

Winter might be coming to an end, but you can get the flu any time of year.

That's why it's important to boost your protection by getting the flu vaccine. 

They’re available now and are free for those eligible. Check with your GP or local pharmacy today.

Pharmacies offering flu vaccinations


Why get the flu vaccine? Information about Influenza
Who can get the flu vaccine?

Everyone aged 6 months and over is able to get the flu vaccine through their local GP or pharmacy. 

For some people, the flu vaccine is free, including;

  • Māori & Pacific people aged 55+ 
  • Everyone aged 65+ 
  • Pregnant women
  • People with ongoing health problems like diabetes, asthma, heart conditions, and other long-term illnesses
  • Tamariki aged 3 - 12
  • People with serious mental health or addiction needs

How to get the flu vaccine and what to expect

Steps everyone can take to stay well 

Along with getting the flu vaccine, there are other things you can do to protect your whānau and help reduce your risk of getting sick.

Guide to staying well