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Protection against influenza

When it comes to influenza, prevention is better than treatment, says Unichem Prestons pharmacist Ryan McNamara.

To make sure you’re protected this winter, all you have to do is pop in for a quick consultation with a pharmacist – no appointments necessary – and one of the experienced pharmacist vaccinators will administer the vaccination instore.

If you’re over 65 or pregnant, you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine, but even if you don’t fall into either of these categories, it’s a reasonable fee for the vaccine which can be administered to patients 13 years and older.

After the vaccination, patients will be required to wait 20 minutes in store to check for any adverse reactions and your GP will be informed to update your records.

The Unichem Prestons team also offers flu vaccines off-site for large groups and workplaces, and to residents at Alpine View retirement village.

Ryan says making the vaccination free in pharmacy to those most at risk, (pregnant and elderly) adds another layer of protection for the local community.

“Having it instore and available to the general public means it’s easily accessible and convenient to everyone,” he says.

“The earlier you get your vaccine, the sooner you’re protected, with the main flu season running from May to September, though it’s important to remember that it’s never too late in the season to get your vaccine.”

It is available at Unichem Prestons pharmacy from April. For more information and updates on availability, keep up-to-date via the Facebook page.

For more information, phone 03 281 7889 or email



Protecting your team: TriEx

The flu is not simply a cold. It is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus and it is risky for both the people who have it and for the businesses where they work.





When someone who has the flu sneezes, coughs or even talks, the flu virus is expelled into the air and may be inhaled by anyone close by. How can you protect yourself and your work environment from the consequences of the flu? By having a flu vaccination, of course.

TriEx, a Gallagher Bassett Company, begins its programme of workplace vaccinations in both Christchurch and Auckland in late March. The team knows only too well how this disease can impact the efficiency and profitably of businesses and they encourage employers to join the programme. The businesses will benefit because of less downtime with sick staff and the employees’ likelihood of contracting the flu will be reduced.

TriEx’s experienced nurses visit workplaces to carry out the vaccinations. The company can also provide vouchers nationally for ease and flexibility for those staff not available on vaccination day. These vouchers can be redeemed at vaccinating Unichem or Life Pharmacies. There are also information packs to share with employees to help promote the flu programme.


To secure your preferred date and time book early on 0800 FLU JAB (0800 358 522) or email You can also find out more about TriEx’s flu vaccination scheme on