11th of April, 2017
April 7, 2017– Kidney Health New Zealand
Keep well this winter get a flu shot now
If you have a chronic problem with your kidneys or kidney function talk to your local GP surgery as soon as possible about getting a free flu or influenza shot. Free flu shots are available between March and December 31 each year. However, autumn is the best time to get your annual flu shot so you're protected before flu season strikes.
Flu can be anywhere, so you can easily catch it. Even if your kidney condition is well managed, being fit will not protect you from influenza.
Flu is not the same as a cold. It’s a serious disease that can also make other existing conditions, such as renal disease, breathing or heart problems, even worse. Some people can end up in hospital and some die.
Research shows that you can infect others with the flu virus even when you’re not showing symptoms yourself. So, if you’re a carer, you can help avoid passing the virus on to others close to you by being immunised.
Please note, flu vaccinations from your practice nurse or doctor are free for people with a chronic kidney problem. If, however, you have a consultation or check-up with your doctor at the same time, a consultation fee may apply.
The influenza vaccine is a prescription medicine. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the benefits and possible risks. Check out www.fightflu.co.nz to find out whether you qualify for free flu vaccination or call 0800 IMMUNE 0800 466 863.
Media Contact: Brenda Saunders 021 777 171.