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Brief information about the 2020 Influenza Immunisation Programme

Programme information sources

Health professional information and resources for the 2020 Influenza Immunisation Programme are available on the Influenza information for health professionals website, www.influenza.org.nz.

For people who are not health professionals, the Fight Flu website, www.fightflu.co.nz, provides information about influenza immunisaton in 2020.

 IMAC Postion Statement  Observation period post-influenza vaccination – 13 years and above 

Programme start date

  • The 2020 Influenza Immunisation Programme started for individuals aged 3 years or older who are eligible to receive a funded influenza vaccination, as they are at greatest risk of serious illness from influenza, and healthcare workers (not funded) on 18 March 2020.
  • Influenza vaccine for children aged 6–35 months will be available from 1 April 2020.
  • Pharmacist vaccinators with a contract to administer funded influenza vaccines can administer and claim for influenza vaccination of eligible individuals aged 13 years and over from 18 March 2020.
  • Administration of purchased (non-funded) influenza vaccines has been deferred until Monday 13 April.
    • The Ministry of Health has asked general practices, pharmacies and occupational health providers defer administration of purchased influenza vacicnes until two weeks after the usual start date, to allow eligible individuals and healthcare workers to have priority access to influenza vaccination.


General practice
Influenza Immunisation Programme packs

  • Please check your mail or PO box for your Programme pack.
  • AFTER Wednesday 25 March and you have checked your mail or PO box – if your Programme pack has not arrived

Pharmacists, occupational and DHB vaccinators and midwives/LMCs
Influenza Immunisation Programme packs

  • ​Your packs are being collated for distribution.

Resource orders

Webinar – 2020 Influenza Immunisation Programme

Wednesday 25 March at 5:30 pm

In preparation for this year's Influenza Immunisation Programme, we're holding a brief online webinar. 

We'll hear from: Lisbeth Alley, Regional Immunisation Advisor, IMAC; Sarah Emerson, Senior Advisor, MoH; Barbara McArdle, National Influenza Coordinator, IMAC.

We will cover:

  • Vaccines and strains for the 2020 season

  • Priority groups and timing

  • Ordering

  • Media and promotion

  • COVID-19 and Influenza

Click here to register (Free)

Last updated: Mar 2020