Results from our Patient Experience Survey
Results from our Patient Experience Survey
The flu vaccination will be available from the 1st of April 2023.
Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, to provide direct protection against severe illness and to reduce the spread of the virus. Immunisation is the best way to protect yourself and your community from infection and serious illness.
Some people are at increased risk of complications if they develop the flu, and influenza vaccination is funded for these people. The eligibility criteria for a funded vaccine have widened, and now include:
* Pregnant people
* People aged 65 years and older
* Māori and Pacific peoples aged 55 to 64 years
* Children aged 6 months to 12 years (inclusive)
* People with eligible medical conditions
* People with serious mental health and addiction conditions.
For full eligibility information, follow this link
For detailed information about the flu vaccination you can review the Ministry of Health website, or check out
What You Need to Know About the Flu Vaccination.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who can have the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccination can be given to individuals over 6 months of age. Children under 9 years of age who are receiving the flu vaccination for the first time will need two doses, given 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, and for all others, a single flu vaccination each year is recommended.
Can I have the flu vaccination if I am pregnant?
Yes - the flu vaccination is recommended for pregnant women at any stage of their pregnancy. Influenza vaccination provides direct protection from the complications of influenza both during pregnancy and following birth, and will also result in some protection to the newborn in the first few months of life, through transfer of immunity via the placenta and breast milk.
Do I need to get the vaccination every year?
Yes - annual influenza vaccination is recommended because protection from previous vaccination lessens over time, and because the circulating influenza viruses can change from year to year. The vaccine content is generally altered each year to reflect this change. The 2023 flu vaccine is different to the flu vaccine given in 2022.
Can I have the flu vaccine if I am allergic to eggs?
Yes. The flu vaccine can be administered to people with a history of egg allergy including egg anaphylaxis. While the flu vaccine contains a tiny amount of egg (ovalbumin), studies show this amount is less than the amount required to trigger allergy or anaphylaxis in sensitised individuals.
What is in the flu vaccine?
The 2023 vaccine is a subunit vaccination - it contains small harmless parts (subunits) of inactivated flu viruses. It covers 4 strains this year, two influenza type A viruses (Sydney, Darwin) and two influenza type B viruses (Austria, Phuket). The vaccination does not contain preservatives, thiomersal, latex or mercury. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu.
Can I have the flu vaccine alongside other vaccines?
Yes - the influenza vaccine can be given at the same time as the Shingrix or COVID-19 (Comirnaty or Nuvaxovid) vaccines. Note that Shingrix, FLUAD QUAD and Nuvaxovid all utilise adjuvants to gain a good immune response, and as such concomitant administration of two or more of these together can possibly cause a stronger post-vaccination response.
How long do I have to wait after having the flu vaccine?
Most patients will need to remain at the clinic for 20 minutes after their flu vaccination. The post vaccination observation period may be reduced to 5 minutes in patients who meet all of the following criteria:
* Aged 13 years and older
* No history of previous severe allergic reactions
* Have had the influenza vaccination only
* Will have another adult with them for the first 20 minutes, and will not drive, scoot, ride a bike or operate machinery.
Our clinical team will let you know how long you need to remain after your vaccination.
What is FLUAD QUAD?
FLUAD QUAD is an unfunded vaccination available for purchase by patients aged 65 years and older. It is an 'adjuvanted' flu vaccine, meaning it contains an extra ingredient to enhance the immune response in older people, increasing the protection against influenza infection and complications. Studies suggest that adjuvanted flu vaccines further reduce the likelihood of admission to hospital with flu related pneumonia, heart attack or stroke by around 39%, when compared with the standard (non-adjuvanted) flu vaccine.
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