More Kiwis have chosen to get the flu jab this year.
Nearly 860,000 doses of influenza vaccine have already been distributed.
That's around 28,500 more than the same time last year.
National Influenza Specialist Group spokesman Dr Lance Jennings it's good to see New Zealanders have heeded the national advice to vaccinate before winter.
He says flu cases usually start to rise about now with the onset of winter.
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