The Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is stressing the importance of getting as many people as possible vaccinated against influenza as we head towards winter.
While many people will be eligible for a Government-funded flu jab, he’s encouraging business owners to consider funding the vaccine for workers who don’t qualify to reduce the risk of business interruption caused by illness. “With international borders re-opening and a fairly low rate of influenza over the past two winters, we’re concerned New Zealand could be in for a bad flu season this year,” says Dr Bloomfield.
“The more people vaccinated and protected the better. If you own a business you may like to offer flu vaccinations to your workers. It costs around $20 - $50 for a flu vaccination, but I’m sure employers will agree this is far less than the cost of having a team member unable to work for a week or more if they do catch the flu,” he says. “I’d like to thank business owners for your support for our pandemic response since 2020. Thank you also for supporting your staff to get a flu vaccination and helping us be well prepared for winter.”
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