News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Get your flu jab now

'Get your flu jab now as you're never too fit to get hit'

The Asthma Foundation is strongly advising people with respiratory illnesses to try and stay out of hospital this winter by asking their doctor or nurse about a free influenza vaccination.

“The flu season will be kicking in soon and it is important for people with respiratory conditions to get their free flu vaccines this winter,” says Dr Kyle Perrin, medical director of the Asthma Foundation.

Last year over one million New Zealanders had a flu vaccination – around 23 percent of the population.

The flu vaccine is free for: children under the age of five with significant respiratory illnesses;

people with chronic health conditions; people with respiratory conditions;
people with asthma who use a preventer; and everyone 65 years and over.

“People with chronic health conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at higher risk of complications from influenza than others.

For the best protection, we advise they get a flu vaccination now as immunisation typically takes up to two weeks to take effect. Influenza is a serious illness, every winter we see people admitted to hospital with the flu who are extremely unwell, and some require intensive care admission.“


“Also, we strongly advise that flu vaccinations are sorted out now for kids who have respiratory illnesses. Flu vaccinations are an essential part of effectively managing asthma and other respiratory illnesses well,” Dr
Perrin says.

“And no matter how ‘in shape’ we think we are, we’re still at risk. You’re never too fit to get hit!”

Free flu vaccines are available until the end of July. For further information contact Communications Consultant Cindy Borrie on 0274 433 905. Dr Kyle Perrin is available for interviews.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Te Matatini: Minister Applauds National Kapa Haka Festival

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes the best of luck to everyone involved in this week’s national kapa haka festival, Te Matatini, in Christchurch. “Te Matatini showcases the very best of Māori performing arts talent. It’s a celebration of identity, language and culture at the highest level and I’m looking forward to being amongst it,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Kiwi Pride: Accolades For Film About Man Who Falls In Love With A Stick

A short animated film written and directed by New Zealand born Matthew Darragh has been selected for the Courts des îles, International Festival of Short Fiction Films. More>>

ALSO:

Anniversaries: Vivid Memories Four Years After Christchurch Quake

Four years ago, an earthquake that would change the lives of thousands shook Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. More>>

ALSO:

Environment 'n' Conservation: Slash Meets Tāne The Tuatara

Rock and Roll superstar and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash visited Zealandia Ecosanctuary along with collaborating band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. More>>

Canterbury Quakes: Feedback Sought On Short-Listed Memorial Designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input... The Memorial will honour the victims of Canterbury’s earthquakes and acknowledge the suffering of all those who lived through them as well as the heroism of those who participated in the rescue and recovery operations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news