About a third of the population covered by the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board got a flu jab this year.
This was a 6 per cent increase on last year's total, bringing the numbers up to about 40,000 immunised people.
Nearly half the staff at NMDHB also chose to be immunised, bringing the numbers from 36 per cent in 2012 to 44 per cent.
The National Influenza Specialist Group said Nelson's rate of immunisation echoed that of New Zealand as a whole. The group said a record 1.25 million doses of flu vaccine were distributed nationwide this year, leading to an estimated 30 per cent coverage by the end of the Government-subsidised immunisation campaign in July.
Medical officer of health for Nelson Marlborough, Dr Ed Kiddle, said both increases were pleasing to see.
"It is very important for healthcare workers to be vaccinated against influenza as they are at greater risk of both catching the disease and then passing it on to patients if they do become infected."
Planning for the 2014 influenza season was underway and the vaccine should be available in April.
A NMDHB spokesperson said the 2014 seasonal influenza vaccines for New Zealand would include two new strains based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation.
Influvac and Fluarix are the two funded seasonal influenza vaccines for the 2014 season.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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