New Zealanders may not be taking the flu as seriously as they should be. It has recently been reported that 2 people have died in Auckland as a result of Influenza (more).
Influenza has a large impact on our community, with approximately 10-20% of New Zealanders infected each year. Yet, many people may be unaware they’re infected as it is possible to carry the bug but show no signs or symptoms.
The best way to protect yourself from the virus is to get an influenza vaccination, which can reduce your risk of getting the flu by 60 percent. 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 (prior to the flu season), 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 it’s 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 just before the winter season starts (in NZ) – in late May or even early June. This will ensure your protective antibody levels are fully maximised and thus, you’ll have a much lower chance of getting infected.
Working Wise offers workplace flu vaccinations to protect your staff, so give us a call now on 04 499 0710 or email email@example.com to book in your clinic visit, before it’s too late!