Greetings to everyone from all the staff at St Johns Medical Centre,
Flu vaccination will be starting soon, around late March 2016. This year the trivalent influenza vaccine consists of:
• A (H1N1): an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
• A (H3N2): an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
• B: a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus
Influenza – or the flu – is a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. Symptoms include fever, chills, aches, runny nose, a cough and stomach upset. Immunisation is your best defence against the flu.
Older people, young children, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from influenza, such as pneumonia. If you’re at higher risk, it is important to see us early, to find out if you need treatment.
Eligibility criteria for FREE seasonal influenza vaccinations for 2016:
1. Pregnant women (any trimester)
2. Anyone aged 65 years or over
3. Anyone under 65 years with the following medical conditions:
Chronic respiratory disease
Chronic renal disease
Children with certain conditions
Other conditions — please check with the surgery
Besides the seasonal Influenza vaccines, we also give other vaccines such as:
Usual childhood immunizations
HPV vaccines for females aged 12 to 21 years old for cervical cancer prevention
Varicella/Chickenpox vaccine, for chickenpox
Meningococcal vaccine for meningitis
Pneumococcal against pneumonia in susceptible patients
Boosterix for pregnant women and children at 11-12 years old
Hepatitis A and B vaccines
Anyone who may have exposure to Zika virus and not feeling well, please contact your doctor or hospital as soon as possible.
Zika is a virus that is spread by mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus are not normally found in New Zealand, but they are found in many countries around the world.