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For the prevention of influenza.
  • FLUVAX Vaccine is a trivalent inter-pandemic vaccine for the prevention of influenza.
  • There are many different types of influenza and every winter the types circulating in the NZ population vary from year to year.
  • The three strains included in FLUVAX vaccine vary from season to season based on recommendations made the World Health Organisation. This is also the reason why it is important to have your FLUVAX Vaccine every year.
  • The best time to have influenza vaccination is March-May of any given year.
  • However, as with all vaccines, 100% protection cannot be guaranteed.
  • Fluvax is given to:
    • Children 5 years of age and older
    • Adults

The formulation of FLUVAX changes on an annual basis as per WHO guidelines. For current Flu strains, see datasheet (link below).

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines or supplements such as you could buy from a pharmacy, health food shop or supermarket. 
Mild local reactions may occur with low frequency during the 48 hours after vaccination. These reactions include inflammation (for example swelling, redness, tenderness and/or pain), ecchymosis, and induration. Influenza-like symptoms of short duration may occur occasionally, including mild fever, malaise, shivering, fatigue, headache, sweating, myalgia, arthralgia, and non-specific nausea/vomiting or dizziness. Pruritus, urticaria or non-specific rashes have also been reported. 

FLUVAX vaccine is an unfunded prescription medicine for those over 65 years and all persons under 65 years with chronic medical conditions including children. Please see the New Zealand Pharmaceutical schedule for specific inclusion and exclusion criteria. Normal doctors fees and Pharmacy charges apply. 
As with all medicines FLUVAX vaccine has risks and benefits. Speak to your doctor to see if FLUVAX vaccine is right for you. 

Note: Information on this site is not intended to replace the advice given by your doctor or other health professional.

For further information, click on the helpful links below. 

TAPS no: PP3212.  


Helpful Links – Influenza
Medicine Data Sheet

Last Updated: 23-01-2017
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