Winter is here- get your flu shot

Over one million Kiwis have received their flu shot so far. With flu related hospitalizations already higher than last year, the flu season in New Zealand has started earlier than anticipated. If you haven’t organised your staff flu vaccinations yet, there’s still time!

Now that winter is here, it is vital that we remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones protected from the flu.

In this post, we cover how to organise flu vaccinations for your staff with Working Wise, how to look after yourself if you get the flu, and tips to keep healthy over winter.

Our flu season so far..

Flu vaccinations are in full swing at Working Wise. We began offering flu shots to our valued clients since mid-April and we have already administered over 700 vaccines and offered more than 350 flu vouchers. We commend all those who have taken proactive steps to protect their health by getting vaccinated against the flu. We will continue to offer flu vax services at our clinic and on-site throughout June.

Prioritise your health this winter

Bugs, measles and other respiratory diseases spread much more easily during winter as we spend more time inside in close contact with each other. Some of the most common symptoms observed during the flu season are fever, sore throat, stuffy nose, cough and fatigue. 

Dr Nick Chamberlain, National Director of the National Public Health Service says, “the flu vaccine reduces the likelihood of ending up in hospital if you get sick this winter. Because it is so effective in preventing flu, it also means you won’t be tying up your GP, hauora provider, or pharmacist who are also under extreme pressure during winter.”

This year, flu vaccine is free for children under 13, people aged 55 and over, pregnant people, Māori and Pacific people, people with mental health and addiction issues.

Read more here.

Five tips to stay healthy

Here are some of the most recommended tips to keep healthy in winter months.

Stay active 

It is hard to stay motivated to workout during winters. Short and cold days make it harder. However, exercising is essential for overall well-being. Engage in indoor activities like yoga and pilates to stay active when it’s too cold to exercise outside. 

Have a balanced diet 

Eating seasonal fruits and veggies is a great way to keep up with the flu season. Vitamin-C rich foods like kiwi fruits, mandarins, pumpkin, kumara are great when consumed in winters. With the days getting shorter, it’s a good idea to think about taking some vitamin-D supplements to keep your energy levels up.

Keep warm 

Wearing layers, a hat, gloves, and warm socks is one of the best ways to keep your body warm. Maintaining a warm environment indoors by using blankets, heating systems, or a fireplace can offer relief from the winter chill. By taking these measures, you can ensure that you stay warm and cozy throughout the winter season.


It’s important to stay hydrated even when the weather is cooler. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body functioning optimally. Hot beverages like herbal teas, hot chocolate and soups can also help keep you warm and hydrated simultaneously.

Prioritise self-care

Winter can sometimes lead to decreased social interactions. Make an effort to stay connected with friends and family. If you’re not able to go out as much, engage in activities like reading, taking warm baths, practicing mindfulness or meditation or pursuing hobbies. This helps reduce stress and improves overall mental well-being.

We hope you stay well this winter!

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