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.