It is very important for people with asthma to keep up to date with flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. For people with poorly or partially controlled asthma, flu and COVID-19 can make you very sick and cause serious asthma flare-ups (attacks).

The flu vaccine is free for people with asthma who are prescribed a regular preventer medicine.

The vaccine is also provided free to all people 65 years and over; Māori and Pacific people over 55 years of age; and pregnant women. More information here.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions. The COVID-19 vaccination programme was rolled out in New Zealand in 2021. You can find the latest advice on vaccinations here.

If you have any concerns about vaccinations, speak to your primary health care team or call Healthline: 0800 358 5453.