Already this season, distribution of the influenza vaccine has reached near record levels in Aotearoa New Zealand, which has led to low stock levels. As a result, the Ministry of Health is asking all general practices to prioritise the vaccination of those at the greatest risk of influenza.
Priority groups include:
- pregnant women
- children aged 4 and under with serious respiratory illness
- people with severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions that make them susceptible to influenza
- those aged 65 and over.
The UC Health Centre should have enough influenza vaccines to cover people who would consider themselves to be in one of the above groups.
Ways to help minimise the spread of influenza
- Always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Don’t share drinks
- Stay at home if unwell.
Get your jab before you go home for term holiday so that you can enjoy your break flu-free. We also don’t want you to come back to Uni with the flu and spread it to your mates!
For International students or domestic students not enrolled at UC Health Centre, subsidised UCSA flu vaccine vouchers are available – pick up a voucher from UCSA Reception and pay $5.00 at the UC Health Centre.
Vouchers are valid until Wednesday 31 July 2019.
Flu vaccines are free to all domestic students enrolled and funded at UC Health Centre. They’re also free to all domestic students with a chronic illness, i.e. asthma (if on a regular preventative therapy), diabetes etc. These students do not need a voucher.
The flu vaccine clinic at UC Health Centre starts on Wednesday 3rd April 2019, and operates on Mondays-Thursdays, 9-10am and 2-3pm, and on Fridays 2-3pm.
Please call UC Health Centre on 369 4444 to make an appointment (see details on the voucher).