Influenza | Northland DHB


Influenza, or “flu”, is a common illness caused by a virus. Most cases occur during the winter months. It is easily spread to others through talking, coughing and sneezing. People are always at risk for getting flu because the virus types or strains are always changing. Most people who get flu will recover, but some cases can lead to serious complications or even death.

Influenza vaccination in pregnancy

Experience from previous seasonal influenza outbreaks including the 2009/2010 pandemic showed that pregnant women are at greater risk from complications associated with influenza. Flu in pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of hospitalisation and other illnesses. The best protection is to get the flu vaccination to protect yourself and your baby. Click here for further information.

The influenza vaccine is available from April to December.

The very young, those 65 years and older, those with weakened immune systems, and women who are pregnant are at higher risk for flu complications. For this reason the influenza immunisation is provided FREE to these groups.

For further information contact your GP/local doctor or click here.

Influenza immunisation is available FREE for those who:

  • are pregnant
  • regularly use an asthma preventer
  • have diabetes
  • have heart disease
  • have kidney problems
  • have cancer
  • have a serious medical condition
  • or are aged 65 years or over

If you do not have one of these eligible conditions, you still benefit from an influenza immunisation available, at a small cost.

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