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Brief information about the 2020 Influenza Immunisation Programme

The funded influenza vaccines for 20201

  • AFLURIA® QUAD (Seqirus) is the funded influenza vaccine for adults and children aged 3 years or older.
  • AFLURIA® QUAD JUNIOR (Seqirus) is the funded influenza vaccine for infants and children aged 6–35 months.

The influenza strains included in the 2020 quadrivalent influeza vaccines2

  • A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Washington/02/2019-like virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus

The 2020 Influenza Immunisation Programme start date3

The Influenza Immunisation Programme starts from 1 April each year, subject to influenza vaccine being available for distribution.

New Zealand influenza surveillance data shows that in recent years the peak of influenza activity has been in August. A start date from 1 April for influenza vaccination provides better protection for our vulnerable population during the expected peak of influenza activity. 

For consistency, the Ministry of Health recommends that providers of non-funded influenza immunisation, such as workplace vaccinators, also consider commencing their service on 1 April.


  1. Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC). Pharmaceutical schedule February 2020 [Internet]. Wellington: PHARMAC; 2020 [updated 2020 January 23; cited 2020 January 30]. Available from: https://www.pharmac.govt.nz/2020/02/01/Schedule.pdf.
  2. World Health Organization. Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2020 southern hemisphere influenza season. Wkly Epidemiol Rec. 2019;42(94):473–96. Available from: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/329390/WER9442-eng-fre.....
  3. Ministry of Health. Ministry of Health policy statement – annual influenza immunisation programme start date [Internet]. Wellington: Ministry of Health; 2018. Available from: https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/policy_statement....

Last updated: Jan 2020