Doctors are urging people to get flu vaccinations before the
The flu virus could be spread by people getting together
during the school holidays, the National Influenza Specialist
Group (NISG) has warned.
Virus expert and NISG spokesman Dr Lance Jennings said it was
important people were immunised before the school holidays.
Dr Jennings said the A(H1N1) virus strain was increasing in
Queensland - a popular destination for families at this time
"This particular virus can lead to serious complications for
younger, previously healthy people, but the good news is it
is covered by the 2014 vaccine," he said.
The 2014 seasonal influenza vaccines for New Zealand include
two new World Health Organisation-recommended strains based
on those most likely to spread and cause illness in people
The flu vaccine is free for New Zealanders over 65, anyone
with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and children
aged 6 months to 5 years with respiratory problems.
- By Sophie Ryan of APNZ