MOH: Record year for flu vaccines

Ashley says if people have any cold or flu-like symptoms, however mild, they should get tested quickly. File photo.

More than 1.35 million vaccines have been distributed to general practices, pharmacists and other providers.

The Ministry of Health says this is more than has ever been distributed in an entire flu season in New Zealand before.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says it was really important to prioritise vulnerable groups early on, because they’re at more risk.

He says healthy people don’t need to worry – there is very low risk of flu at the moment, and the current travel restrictions are likely to reduce the transmission of influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

“Any GP clinic or pharmacy that has run out of stock and still have at risk people to vaccinate should get in touch with their local Immunisation Co-ordinator so that they have priority access to the next shipment of vaccines when it arrives.

“I want to acknowledge our hardworking GPs, pharmacists, and nurses who have been hard at work vaccinating people in record numbers at record speed.”

Ashley says if people have any cold or flu-like symptoms, however mild, they should get tested quickly.

He says people delaying getting tested means a tougher job stamping out cases of COVID-19 if the spread of the virus has been occurring for longer.

“Please check your phone contact details are up to date with your GP practice. That helps if they’re needed for contact tracing.”

If you feel unwell please call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.


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Unnecessary Stress

Posted on 05-05-2020 12:39 | By

I dont understand all the negative talk on the flu vaccinations. This started when we were still in April for Petes sake. There has been not need for any of it. It was brought out 2 weeks earlier this year and because of that people are going crazy, saying they are not getting it early enough. My parents are in Bob Owens and they all got their’s when it 1st come out. My doctor rang me to ask how I was coping with the lock down and while on the phone booked me in for my flu shoot. People need to calm down and stop all this unnecessary stress when the country is stressed enough. FLU SHOTS ARE NOT LATE. THOSE AT MORE RISK ARE PRIORITY SO GETS THEIRS 1ST.