Flu Vaccination 2022


Posted by on 4th April 2022

Unfunded Flu Vaccines are  available for $35 per person . Anyone over 6 months of age can get the Flu Vaccination.

If you qualify for FREE  >65 years old FLU VACCINATION, it will be available from 1st April this year. Our ONLINE APPOINTMENT calendar is now open for booking.  You can self select the appointment slots and book online with us this year !

Immunisation offers the best protection against influenza. It is important to get a flu shot each year before Winter as it can take up to 2 weeks for the vaccine to provide the best influenza protection.    It is also important to get immunised to stop the spread of influenza in your community and workplace. People who are  infected with influenza may not feel unwell but can still pass the virus to others and make them unwell. Maintaining good hygiene and handwashing is an effective way of reducing the spread of germs.

In 2022, the government has chosen to fund Alfuria, a Quadrivalent flu vaccine which offers broader protection against 4 strains of the flu virus — 2x A strains and 2x B strains. Previously the government has funded the Trivalent vaccine.  The 2022 Quadrivalent ALFURIA flu vaccine includes protection against the following strains:

  • A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
  • • A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus (new) •
  • B/Austria/1359417/2021-like virus (new) •
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus

For more information about the flu vaccination and who is eligible for a FREE flu vaccine (Sourced from Fightflu.co.nz)

FREE Funded influenza vaccine criteria as set by PHARMAC:

1. People 65 years of age and over; or
2. Māori and Pacific peoples aged 55 to 64 years
3. People under 65 years of age who
  • have any of the following cardiovascular diseases:
    • ischaemic heart disease, or
    • congestive heart failure, or
    • rheumatic heart disease, or
    • congenital heart disease, or
    • cerebrovascular disease; or
  • have either of the following chronic respiratory diseases:
    • asthma, if on a regular preventative therapy, or
    • other chronic respiratory disease with impaired lung function;(a) or
  • have diabetes; or
  • have chronic renal disease; or
  • have any cancer, please refer to the vaccine precaution below#, excluding basal and squamous skin cancers if not invasive; or
  • have any of the following other conditions:
    • autoimmune disease(b), or
    • immune suppression or immune deficiency, or
    • HIV, or
    • transplant recipients, or
    • neuromuscular and CNS diseases/disorders(c), or
    • haemoglobinopathies(d), or
    • children on long-term aspirin, or
    • a cochlear implant, or
    • error of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decompensation, or
    • pre and post splenectomy, or
    • Down syndrome, or
  • pregnant women (any trimester); or
3. Children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness;
4. People under 18 years of age living in the Kaikoura and Hurunui areas (within the Canterbury District Health Board)
Unless meeting the criteria set out above, the following conditions are excluded from funding:
  • asthma not requiring regular preventative therapy
  • hypertension and/or dyslipidaemia without evidence of end-organ disease

Please note that the vaccine is NOT funded for:

– Asthma not requiring regular preventer therapy

– Hypertension and/or dyslipidemia with no evidence of end organ disease.

A few things to remember after your FLU immunisation

  1. You will need to wait at the clinic for 20 minutes after your vaccination.  This is to ensure that you can get all the help you need if you develop any severe or rare allergic reaction to the vaccine.
  2. You may feel lethargic, tired or develop a fever after your immunisation.  This is a very common reaction.  Please check with your doctor/pharmacist to see if paracetamol can help to alleviate the symptoms.
  3. It can take up to 2 weeks to develop immunity against influenza. You may still catch influenza before or after your immunisaiton.
  4. The Flu vaccine only helps to protect against the FLU virus,  and does not confer any protection against other common cold illnesses.


We also provide workplace vaccination to our local schools and communities.  Please give us a call to enquire about pricing.

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