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Flu (influenza) vaccinations

Canterbury residents are urged to have the influenza (flu) vaccination without delay to protect themselves against the flu. The flu is a serious illness, especially for children and people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes. The Canterbury DHB recommends that all Cantabrians, including children, are vaccinated against the flu.

flu vaccineThe flu vaccination is free for any Cantabrian who:

If you have another ongoing serious medical condition, you may also be eligible for a free flu immunisation.

Free vaccinations for these high-risk groups are usually available from March through to 31 December each year.

If you don't have one of these eligible conditions, you will still benefit from an flu immunisation, which is available at a small cost.

Protect yourself and your family – have the flu vaccination and stay well

Call your doctor for an appointment to have the vaccination. Don't delay – it takes two weeks before the vaccine fully protects you. The vaccine is different each flu season according to the type of flu that is in the community so you need to have one each year.

For more information about flu vaccinations, talk to your general practice team or see

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated July 2017.

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