Vaccination is your best protection against the flu. The flu vaccine is recommended by the Ministry of Health and FREE for people who are most likely to get very sick, be hospitalised or even die if they catch the flu.
The flu vaccination is free if you are pregnant. Getting the vaccine during pregnancy helps protect the mother and her baby against the flu.
People eligible for FREE flu vaccine for 2020 are:
For a complete list of who is eligible, see eligibility criteria.
Note: Influenza vaccine does not protect against COVID-19. However, it will help prevent the flu, a serious illness that causes hundreds of deaths each winter in New Zealand.