Influenza immunisation – timing and priorities 2020

March 17th, 2020

We want to ensure that we vaccinate the patients who are at greatest risk of complications from influenza as early as possible. We will therefore be recalling patients over the age of 65, patients who are pregnant, or those with diabetes, heart disease, cancer or respiratory conditions as a priority.

We have not yet received our stock of vaccines but rest assured you will be contacted when the time comes to book. We will NOT be running a waiting list for the flu vaccine.

Influenza vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, however it will help prevent a serious illness that causes hundreds of deaths and places significant pressure on healthcare services each winter in New Zealand. Improving protection against influenza for our most vulnerable populations will improve our ability to manage increased demand as a result of COVID-19.