PHARMAC have extended eligibility for funded influenza vaccine

From 1 May 2017, all children and young people aged from 6 months to under 18 years who are living within the following earthquake impacted areas will be eligible to receive funded influenza immunisation:

  • Seddon/Ward and rural Eastern Marlborough (Nelson Marlborough DHB)
  • Kaikoura and Hurunui (Canterbury DHB)

Children aged 6 months to under 9 years of age who have never received an influenza vaccine before should receive two influenza vaccine doses four weeks apart, to help improve their immune response. Children in this age group who have received one or more influenza vaccine doses in the past only need one influenza vaccine dose each year.

Children and young people aged 9 years to under 18 years only need one influenza vaccine dose, even if they have not received an influenza vaccine dose in the past.