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Flu Vaccination

Flu can be anywhere and is easily spread through talking, coughing and sneezing. 

Book your appointment at a time and place that's convenient for you. 

In 2023, flu vaccinations are free for:

  • children aged 6 months to 12 years old

  • pregnant people

  • Māori and Pacific people over 55

  • people aged 65 and over

  • people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and serious asthma

  • people with significant mental illness such as schizophrenia or those currently accessing mental health services.

Should I get the flu vaccination?

The short answer is Yes. The Ministry of Health suggest that almost everyone* can benefit from the protection of an annual Flu Shot.

*A small number of people, such as those who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccine previously or those who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs should not be vaccinated without first consulting a doctor.

Isn't the Flu just a bad cold?

No. A cold virus only affects the nose, throat and upper chest and lasts for a few days, whereas influenza, commonly called the flu can be a serious illness that affects the whole body and can last a week or more.

Infection with the Flu virus can lead to a stay in hospital for any age group but particularly if you are elderly or have an ongoing medical condition. Flu can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, a lot worse.

Even if you do not end up in hospital, Flu can keep you in bed for a week or more, preventing you from going to work, playing sport or just about anything else that requires leaving the house.

Can the flu shot give me the flu?

No. You cannot get influenza from the vaccine.

The Flu vaccine is made up of dead flu viruses. Since they aren’t live, you can’t catch the flu from them. When you get the vaccine, your body learns what the flu looks like, so it can fight the illness. It takes about 2 weeks for your body to be ready to fight.

Living Rewards members receive 10 Living Rewards points when they receive a Boostrix Vaccination.


Unichem Campus Pharmacy

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Level 1, Student Commons, 9 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 377 1991

Unichem Sandringham Pharmacy

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2 Kitchener Road, Sandringham, AUCKLAND 1025

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(09) 846 6552

Unichem Grey Lynn Pharmacy

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580 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, AUCKLAND 1021

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(09) 360 1159

Unichem Coxs Pharmacy

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Cnr Line Road & Mayfair Place, Glen Innes, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 528 5117

Unichem Panmure Pharmacy

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74-76 Queens Road, Panmure, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 527 7719

Unichem Walls and Roche Pharmacy

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792 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, AUCKLAND 1023

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(09) 625 7488

Unichem Neills Pharmacy

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193 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1062

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(09) 527 7514

Unichem Roskill Village Pharmacy

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1490 Dominion Road Extension, Mt Roskill, AUCKLAND 1041

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(09) 620 8599

Unichem 115 Queen St Pharmacy

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115 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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(09) 303 4253

Unichem Lunn Ave Pharmacy

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2/110 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 570 5820

Unichem Queen St Pharmacy

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280 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 375 1537

Unichem Wynyard Pharmacy

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Datacom Building, 58 Gaunt Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 302 0367

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