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MAKING THE GRADE
started at New
Gage De Lange
on April 15.
Flu jab: Winton Pharmacist Michelle Carlton gives pharmacy technician Samantha
Lindley a flu injection using a new micro-injection, which is said to be quick and
Photo: MARY WITSEY
New flu injection
method a breeze
What: New ''intanza'' influenza
Where: Selected pharmacies in
Winton, Gore and Invercargill
Why: Making the flu vaccine more
Costs: No subsidy -- about $45
Want a flu jab but hate the thought of
a needle? Your local pharmacy could
have the answer.
Pharmacies in Invercargill, Winton
and Gore are now offering the new
''intanza'' influenza micro-injection,
which uses a needle 10 times smaller
than the regular jab.
Winton Pharmacist Michelle Carl-
ton, who was the first in Southland
to offer the vaccine, said she hoped it
would make getting a flu shot easier.
''The whole idea is to make it more
accessible to people.
''We've had really good interest so
far and I think that's because of the
convenience and the simplicity.''
''In fact, one third of the people I've
seen so far have never been
Mrs Carlton said the intradermal
needle delivered a tiny dose of the
vaccine, which took only a couple of
''It just goes under the skin, rather
than more deeply. People seem to
find it very good.''
A shot costs about $45 -- about $10
more than the regular flu shot.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said
about 690,000 New Zealanders have
had a flu vaccination this year,
100,000 more than at the same time
''Never before have so many
influenza vaccines been distributed
to GPs and pharmacists in the first
six weeks of the influenza cam-
paign,'' Mr Ryall said.
''We are well over half way to
reaching our goal of immunising 1.2
million New Zealanders this year --
which will be a record number.''
New Zealanders over 65, pregnant
women, children under 5 with
significant respiratory illnesses and
people with ongoing health con-
ditions or heart problems are able to
get the flu vaccine for free.
''We want more New Zealanders to
be protected against this serious
disease and I encourage you to get
your flu vaccination,'' Mr Ryall said.
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