More flu vaccine on the way

Henrietta Strickland
July 7, 2019

"We don't know how much those molecular changes will affect how the vaccine protects", said spokeswoman Professor Kanta Subbarao.

A further 14,000 doses were made available for high-needs patients only - such as people with serious health conditions, those over 65 and pregnant women - after an appeal urging New Zealanders to immunise themselves against influenza worked "too well".

The vaccine will be Sanofi's FluQuadri and is coming from Australia.

"I encourage those who are most vulnerable to the flu to talk to their GP or pharmacist about getting vaccinated as soon as possible", David Clark says. "So it is great news that Pharmac and the Ministry of Health have managed to secure these extra vaccines", Minister for Health Dr David Clark said in a statement.

Dr Stephen Bridgman, clinical director of public health from the Nelson-Marlborough DHB, says the flu has been more prevalent this season.

Authorities both here and in Australia have been caught out by strong demand this year for flu vaccine, with New Zealand some weeks ago having to restrict use what was left of its stocks to the most at risk.

That process has now been complete and the vaccine is approved for everyone aged over three years. Vaccinating pharmacies are able to provide free influenza vaccination only to pregnant women and those aged over 65.

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