The flu is a common viral infection that can be deadly, especially in high-risk groups. The flu attacks the lungs, nose and throat. Young children, older adults, pregnant women and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems are at high risk.
Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue.
Being vaccinated causes your body to produce antibodies against the flu virus. This means your body can respond faster and more effectively to the flu. By first coming across a non-infectious version of the virus in the vaccine, it learns to recognise it. When it comes across it again, your body can react much faster and in a more effective way. Even if you get the flu after being vaccinated, you usually get a mild form of it and recover faster, and are less likely to have serious complications.
Corporate Voucher Option
The 2021 flu vaccination program is an important priority to your business. The impact of influenza spreading across the workplace can be very costly for businesses. The flu vaccination is the most effective way for employers to protect their employees. By encouraging teams to immunise against the flu, it can help decrease the chance of it spreading and reduce the risk of productivity losses. Flu vaccinations not only protect the individual vaccinated, but it also protects others around them who may be more vulnerable to the infection.
With Bargain Chemist stores across New Zealand offering flu vaccinations, we can provide a location that best suits your team to get vaccinated.
If you are wanting to inquire or easily book a corporate or group voucher, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When can I get a flu shot?
- From 17th May, flu vaccinations are available for all ages.
Please note pharmacists cannot vaccinate under the age of 13 years.
● Pregnant women (any trimester)
● People aged 65 years and older
● People aged under 65 years with any of the medical conditions listed below
● 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, 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 recipient, or
■ neuromuscular or CNS disease/disorder,c or
■ haemoglobinopathy,d or
■ children on long-term aspirin, or
■ a cochlear implant, or
■ error of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decompensation, or
■ pre- or post-splenectomy, or
■ Down syndrome, or
● Children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised
For more information about Influenza and immunisation, visit our Frequently Asked Questions below
17th May onward - Flu Vaccination is available for all, funded and non funded people.
Please note pharmacists cannot vaccinate under the age of 13 years.
Please note there is a 20 minute wait period after the flu vaccine has been administered.
The best way to protect yourself and others from getting the flu.
● You are likely to have fewer sick days and fewer days away from work or school.
● Even if you still catch the flu despite having the vaccination, your symptoms are likely to be milder.
● Having a flu vaccine every year can keep older people healthy and active for longer.
● When given to pregnant women, it protects the mother and her baby against the flu.
● Even if you don't feel sick, without the vaccine you could still be infected with the fluand pass it on to others.
● By getting the vaccine, you will help protect vulnerable people in your community,such as very young children, elderly people and people with long-term healthconditions.
Inactivated vaccine - uses the killed version of the virus to generate an immune response
● For children and adults aged 3 years to under 65 years
● For adults aged 65 years or older
The 2021 vaccines will be quadrivalent influenza vaccines that contain the following four influenza strains, the first two strains are new to the 2021 vaccine:
● A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
● A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
● B/Washington/02/2019-like virus
● B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
Manufactured in Australia, the UK or the USA.
Best time to get vaccinated is before the winter season starts (May-July). This is due to the fact that the likelihood of influenza virus strains circulating significantly increases during the winter months.
Note: it can take up to 2 weeks for the vaccine to provide the best influenza protection.
The flu vaccine is mostly well tolerated. Common side effects include pain, redness and/or swelling at the site of injection for a day or two; mild fever. Muscle aches or headaches within the first two days. Rarely, an allergic response can occur.
The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19 (coronavirus), but it will reduce your risk of influenza - which leads to thousands of hospitalisations each year. By getting the flu vaccine, you can reduce the strain on the health service.
Yes, we have trained pharmacists to administer flu shots.
Protection from the previous vaccination lessens over time. The circulating influenza viruses can change and the strains in the vaccine usually change each year in response to the changing virus pattern.
Although people with medical conditions, like asthma and diabetes, are most at risk of complications from the flu, healthy adults, children and infants can still become seriously ill and even die from the flu. Also, healthy people can spread the flu to others around them. It is recommended that even healthy people have the flu vaccine.
Best to get before May for best protection, however you have until December 2021 to get the flu vaccine.
It takes up to two weeks for the influenza immunisation to start providing protection.
Yes. Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season. To protect your health when getting a flu vaccine, follow: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/
Follow our ‘book now’ link and select a Bargain Chemist store near you. Select a date and time that suits you for your vaccination. Enter your details name, email, phone number. Pay for your vaccination in-store or online.
Pay online if:
You are NOT eligible for a funded vaccination
You do NOT have a Bargain Chemist vaccination voucher
You are eligible for a funded vaccination.
You have a Bargain Chemist vaccination voucher
From your confirmation email, you will be able to follow the link to change or cancel your appointment. If you are unable to do this, get in contact with your local Bargain Chemist and pharmacy staff can reschedule or cancel your appointment over the phone. Rescheduling is subject to booking availability.
If you miss your appointment, get in contact with your local Bargain Chemist to let them know to cancel or reschedule. If you are aware that you can’t make your appointment, you can reschedule through the link in your confirmation email.
Each vaccination appointment is 10 minutes with a recommended observation time of 20 minutes.
When you arrive, report to the dispensary that you have a flu vaccine booking. A pharmacist vaccinator will discuss your pre vaccination screening and consent form. The immunisation service will be provided in a private consolation area by trained pharmacist vaccinator. You will be required to stay within the pharmacy for a further 20 minutes observation to monitor the unlikely event of an adverse reaction to the vaccine.