What you should know about the flu

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

With borders only just opening to the world this year, it’s expected that this flu season is going to have a greater effect on our communities than it has in the last couple of years. 

Even if you don’t normally get the flu vaccine, consider making it part of your whānau protection plan this year.

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 this winter

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 winter wellness