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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. Many of our pharmacies are open seven days a week, including some evenings. 

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 Albany Mega Centre Pharmacy

11 Coliseum Drive, Albany, AUCKLAND 0632

(09) 415 0655

Unichem All Seasons Pharmacy

288 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu South, AUCKLAND 0652

(09) 834 3067

Unichem Bairds Pharmacy

Unit 2, 3 Watford Street, Otara, AUCKLAND 2023

(09) 265 4920

Unichem Belfast Pharmacy

Unit 8, 812 Main North Road, Christchurch, CANTERBURY 8051

(03) 323 8166

Unichem Alexandra Medical Pharmacy

93 Tarbert Street, Alexandra, OTAGO 9320

(03) 448 7211

Unichem Apollo Pharmacy

119 Apollo Drive, Albany, AUCKLAND 0632

(09) 476 9016

Unichem Bealey Ave Pharmacy

1/212 Bealey Ave, Christchurch, CANTERBURY 8013

(03) 365 1234

Unichem Bishopdale Pharmacy

37 Bishopdale Court, Christchurch, CANTERBURY 8543

(03) 359 8302

Unichem Alexandra Pharmacy

4-6 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra, OTAGO 9340

(03) 448 8871

Unichem Awapuni Pharmacy

96 College Street, Awapuni, Palmerston North, MANAWATU-WANGANUI 4412

(06) 358 1970

Unichem Beerescourt Pharmacy

1365 Victoria Street, Beerescourt, Hamilton, WAIKATO 3240

(07) 838 2319

Unichem Botany Junction Pharmacy

110 Michael Jones Drive, Flat Bush, AUCKLAND 2016

(09) 265 0748

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