Flu Fighters: Protecting against Influenza in 2024

Did you know that flu-related deaths claim the lives of around 500 New Zealanders every year? That’s approximately two percent of all deaths—a staggering figure that surpasses even the road toll. The flu ranks among our most lethal infectious diseases based on sheer fatality numbers.

Despite its deadly consequences, many Kiwis fail to grasp the severity of the flu. Influenza doesn’t discriminate—it affects approximately 10-20% of New Zealanders annually. What’s more concerning is that carriers can be asymptomatic, unknowingly spreading the virus to others.

The best way to protect yourself from the virus is to get an influenza vaccination. Which can reduce your risk of contracting the virus by up to 60 percent. However, timing is crucial. Flu season usually begins in May and lasts right through to September; however, flu activity is heightened during the winter months.

Despite vaccines being available as early as March, the downside of receiving it too early means you will have lower protection levels during peak virus months. This is because protection against influenza is at its strongest one to two months following your vaccination, and then begins to decline – depending on age or influenza strain. It is recommended that the best time to get vaccinated is between April-June, during NZ’s winter season. This will ensure your protective antibody levels are fully maximised and thus, you’ll have a much lower chance of getting infected.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact us today at 04 499 0710 or email to schedule your site visit or clinic appointment.

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Let’s take proactive steps to curb the spread of the flu and protect our communities together.

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