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2nd of April, 2019

         

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April 1, 2019

Flu can be deadly for people with kidney failure – get immunised

 Lily Palmer receives her annual flu shot from vaccinator Lisbeth Alley. 

Influenza-linked illness is associated with more than 1,000 deaths from kidney failure each year in the United States, according to a recent study[1].

One of the study’s authors, Dr David Gilbertson, says flu immunisation should be a key strategy in protecting patients with kidney failure.

In New Zealand, if you have a kidney condition you are eligible for a free flu shot from your doctor or nurse. Immunisation is especially important for all people of any age with chronic conditions such as kidney conditions, people 65 years and over, pregnant women and young children as they are at a higher risk of complications when they get flu.

Free flu shots are available for eligible adults and children six months and older from April to December 31 each year. However, now is the best time to get your annual flu shot so you're protected before flu season strikes.

The two funded flu vaccines this year will contain four inactivated virus strains, specially formulated for the New Zealand 2019 season.

Flu can be anywhere, so you can easily catch it. Even if your kidney condition is well managed, being fit and healthy will not always protect you from flu.

Immunisation is the best protection against influenza.  Even if you still catch the flu after immunisation, your symptoms are less likely to be severe. What’s more having a flu shot every year can keep people 65 and over healthy and active for longer.

Influenza is not the same as a cold. It is a more serious disease that can also make other existing conditions, such as kidney disease, worse.

Get immunised to stop the spread of flu around your community.  Even if you don’t feel sick, you could still be infected with the virus and pass it on to others.  

Please note, flu immunisation from your practice nurse or doctor is free for people with kidney conditions. 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, nurse or pharmacist about the benefits and possible risks. And, if you’re between 65 and 80 years old, ask if you’re also eligible for free shingles immunisation.

Check out www.fightflu.co.nz to find out whether you qualify for free flu immunisation or call 0800 IMMUNE 0800 466 863.

 

Ends            Media Contact:  Brenda Saunders 021 777 171.



[1] The article, entitled "Excess Deaths Attributable to Influenza-Like Illness in the End-Stage Renal Disease Population," appears online at http://jasn.asnjournals.org/ doi: 10.1681/ASN.2018060581.

 

 

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The Treatment of Kidney Failure in New Zealand - Available NOW

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Authors: Kelvin L Lynn, Adrian L Buttimore, Peter J Hatfield, Martin R Wallace 2018

ISBN               PDF - 978-0-473-45293-3

This book tells the history of the treatment of people with kidney failure in New Zealand. - FREE COPY FOR DOWNLOAD HERE.

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This book tells the history of the treatment of people with kidney failure in New Zealand; beginning in the early 1950s this story encompasses remarkable experiences of patients and their families, and of the contributions made by dedicated health professionals. It also reveals the challenges and ethics of meeting an ever-increasing demand for treatment.

Dr Kelvin Lynn and his fellow editors tell us about the contribution of doctors, nurses, technicians, and patients and their families to the story of kidney treatment in New Zealand. Social and political changes in our country since the 1950s have critically influenced the development of treatment services for New Zealanders with kidney failure. The improvements in technology and community expectations regarding access to treatment over the past 50 years are discussed as well as the issues for patients and families coming to terms with kidney failure and its treatment.

This story is illustrated with many anecdotes and historical photographs. 

Want a printed copy?    Register your interest here!

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ISBN               PDF - 978-0-473-45293-3

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JOIN THE SONG-KIDS DELPHI PANEL!

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