Some giveaway goodies and stories with a big cuddly bear has helped eased the pain at an immunisation session in Hawera.
About 22 people, mainly children, ventured to Nga Ruanui Healthcare clinic for a two-hour session, where they got a chance to have their face painted and met Wiremu the immunisation bear.
Clinical manager Parawaho Rudolph said the clinic had already given 600 free doses of the vaccine to eligible patients since the middle of March, and would keep going until July.
The focus of the recent event was fun, as well as protection for the children who attended. Each received a bag of goodies after their vaccination.
Getting the flu while pregnant could have serious complications for both mother and baby, and pregnant women were five times more likely to be admitted to hospital when suffering from in influenza-related complications
than women who were not pregnant.
A whooping cough vaccination was also recommended.
“Complacency is some times an in issue in New Zealand. Some people may feel that because of our distance from the rest of the world, we are safe. In truth, these diseases are only a plane ride away. We commonly see this with measles outbreaks.”
Source – Taranaki Daily News, May 5