Influenza can be a serious illness
Influenza, commonly called the flu, can be a serious illness which can be fatal. Infection with the influenza virus may lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an ongoing medical condition. Influenza can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot worse.
Influenza virus is different from a cold virus
Sudden onset of illness
Moderate to severe illness
Fever (usually high)
Headache (may be severe)
Dry cough, may become moist
Bed rest necessary
Can suffer severe complications
Sometimes a cough
Muscle aches are uncommon
Influenza isn't just a bad cold - it can be serious and can kill
Around 1.2 million kiwis get influenza immunisation yearly
Immunisation prepares your immune system to fight influenza
You cannot get influenza from the vaccine
Influenza immunisation is FREE for those most at risk
Why is it so important that pregnant women get immunised?
Pregnant women are more likely to get severe influenza illness than other people, and it can affect their unborn baby. The influenza vaccine has been proven to have an excellent safety record for both pregnant women and their unborn baby.
The protection from immunisation in pregnancy is also passed on to the unborn baby so they are born with some protection again influenza for the first few months of life. This protection comes naturally from antibodies that you have created as a result of immunisation. The vaccine itself does not directly immunise the baby.
If you would like to find out if you qualify for a free immunisation please email firstname.lastname@example.org