Influenza is Risky Business

Influenza is risky for you and your business. Our 2019 flu vaccination season is beginning in late March, and our flu packs have been sent out. Our flu packs include a booking form, poster and brochure with pricing and flu facts. This year we have an online booking form for ease of booking, however we still have our traditional form available as well. If you do not receive our flu information and want to have this posted out to you, please email us here.

The Quadrivalent flu vaccine is now standard and has been updated for 2019. This vaccine offers protection against 4 strains of the flu virus including 2 new strains for this season. These strains are:

  • A/Michigan/45/2015-like virus
  • A/Switzerland/8060/2017-like virus (New)
  • B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (New)
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus

TriEx can also provide you with nationwide flu vaccination vouchers for ease and flexibility for those employees not available on vaccination day, for remote employees, or if you do not meet our minimum number for an on-site visit. These vouchers can be redeemed at vaccinating Unichem or Life Pharmacies throughout New Zealand.

To learn more about our flu vaccination programme, or to register your interest for 2019 visit our flu page here.

Flu Vaccinations Delayed

Flu vaccinations will start three weeks later this year after major mutations of some strains of the potentially deadly virus were discovered. Vaccinations normally start in early March, but two new strains had to be addressed, which delayed production by three weeks. Read more about this here

For information about our Flu Vaccination season, please read more here

Authorities Prepare for Flu Strain

New Zealand is preparing for a second round with a potentially deadly flu strain now sweeping North America. About 20 children have died from influenza in the United States as the H3N2 strain puts thousands of people in hospital during the northern hemisphere winter. About 7.3 per cent of all deaths in the US last week are believed to be related to influenza and pneumonia.

National Influenza Specialist Group virologist Lance Jennings, of Christchurch, said from an influenza conference in the US that there was a ”lot of concern” there about the virus, which had caused widespread infection across 47 states. However, the deadly strain hit New Zealanders last winter. ”New Zealand has been exposed to this virus already. It’s not a new virus,” he said.

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