InFLUenza Vaccinations

Influenza the disease

An illness caused by the influenza virus can include any or all of these symptoms: fever, muscle aches, headache, lack of energy, dry cough, sore throat, and possibly a runny nose. The fever and body aches can last 3-5 days and the cough and lack of energy may last for two or more weeks. Influenza can be difficult to diagnose based on clinical symptoms alone because the symptoms of influenza can be similar to those caused by other infectious agents but the definitive diagnosis of influenza is made in the laboratory.

Who should be immunised?

Influenza continues to be a major threat to public health worldwide because of its ability to spread rapidly through the community.

Anyone over 6 months of age can be immunised against influenza and the greater the number of people immunised, the less likely it is to spread in the community.

Every year, the vaccine is fully funded by the Ministry of Health for certain groups of people who are considered to be at higher risk of severe outcomes and is free if administered before August 31, 2014.

Health professionals are urged to have the influenza vaccine to protect themselves but also to protect their patients.

People eligible for free influenza vaccination are:

1. Anyone aged 65 years or over

2. Anyone aged 6 months to 65 years with one or more of the following medical conditions:

Cardiovascular disease including:  ischaemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, angina, stroke, heart attack, coronary artery disease, but not hypertension.

Chronic respiratory disease   -  asthma if on regular preventive therapy; emphysema, chronic obstructive airways disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, other chronic respiratory disease with impaired lung function

• Diabetes Type 1 and 2

Other conditions including

  • Chronic renal disease
  • Cancer excluding basal and squamous skin cancers if not invasive
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Children on long term aspirin
  • A range of other conditions – consult doctor or nurse to advise

Children under the age of 5 years who have been hospitalised for a respiratory illness, or have a

history of significant respiratory illness

3. Pregnant women – all trimesters

The following conditions are excluded from funding:

• Asthma not requiring regular preventive therapy

• Hypertension and/or dyslipidaemia without evidence of end-organ disease


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