Who can get a flu vaccine?

Last updated 21 January 2021

We are currently waiting for advice on the 2021 Fluvax.

If these is a raise in Alert Levels, do patients who have had a flu vaccination have to wait 20 minutes before leaving?

Last reviewed 21 January 2021

The 2020 advice is that adolescents and adults who meet ALL the following criteria may not need to wait for 20 minutes post-vaccination: 

  1. do not have a history of severe allergic reactions 
  2.  have been assessed for any immediate post vaccination adverse reactions (5 minutes) 
  3. are aware of when they need to and how to seek post-vaccination advice 
  4. will have another adolescent or adult with them for the first 20 minutes post vaccination 
  5.  have the ability to contact emergency services if required.
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How do I keep patients safe while doing vaccinations if there is a raise in Alert Levels?

Reviewed 21 January 2021

There needs to be separation of patients receiving fluvax from the general unwell population.

The College asked practices to think of local, practical solutions that works for their situation. Some practices are spacing the chairs in their waiting room two metres apart to ensure correct social distancing. Some are doing drive-through flu vaccinations in their carpark. Others are holding an evening flu clinic afterhours (after the area has been wiped down as per protocols).

If your practice cannot manage vaccinations at this time, we recommended you discuss this with your PHO so you can work out alternative arrangements.

Do I keep doing childhood immunisations if there is a COVID-19 outbreak?

Reviewed 21 January 2021

Yes, however, this will be dependent on the practice resources at this time. The Ministry of Health and Immunisation Advisory Centre recommend childhood immunisations continue. Childhood diseases such as measles and pertussis are still a real risk over this period and these immunisations should continue

Delivering the National Immunisation programme remains crucial.

  • Do NOT delay the 6-week or 12/15-month events – the risk of pertussis and measles is very real.
  • The four-year-old event is important, but potentially could be delayed for four weeks.
  • Potentially you can delay all adolescent, shingles and non-urgent tetanus (except for wound management) for 4 weeks.

See guidance from IMAC and MOH: Keep calm and keep vaccinating and Influenza webinar 25 March

Please note, you can only view the webinar on internet explorer.