Tamariki are at risk of getting very sick from the flu, and of passing it on to their whānau. Their best defence is to get a free flu jab, available from 1 July.
Why it’s important tamariki get a flu jab
Tamariki are at a higher risk of catching the flu and of passing it on to others, particularly other members of their whānau who may be older or have underlying health issues.
Protect your tamariki and your whānau from the flu – get a free flu jab for your tamariki if they’re aged between 3 – 12.
Getting the flu jab
If your child is 3-12 years old, they can now get a free flu vaccination from your GP, healthcare provider or at most pharmacies.
Most tamariki aged 9 years and over need one vaccination each year to get good protection against flu.
If you have a child under 9 years old, talk to your healthcare provider as they may need one or two vaccinations depending on whether they’ve had a flu vaccine before.
Getting other vaccinations at the same time as the flu jab
It’s important that tamariki are up-to-date with all of their vaccinations.
When you go to get your tamariki a flu vaccination, ask your healthcare provider if they’re up-to-date with other vaccinations for viruses like measles and COVID-19 (if they’re over 5 years old).
If your tamariki is also eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, they can get the COVID-19 vaccination at the same time as the free flu vaccine. There’s no need to leave a gap between these vaccines.
If they’ve recently had COVID-19 they can have a flu jab as soon as they’ve recovered.