Ki­wis urged to get flu jab

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Plun­ket is en­cour­ag­ing New Zealan­ders to take up the government’s of­fer of free in­fluenza vac­ci­na­tions.

‘‘It kills around 400 New Zealan­ders, di­rectly or in­di­rectly, each year – so it’s not some­thing we should take lightly,’’ Plun­ket clin­i­cal ad­viser Mar­i­anne Grant says. ‘‘Last year it put more than a thou­sand peo­ple in hospi­tal.’’

The free vac­cine is avail­able un­til the end of July to those over 65, preg­nant women, and peo­ple with on-go­ing con­di­tions such as asthma or heart prob­lems.

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