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Influenza vaccine supply

Influenza vaccine supply

FluQuadri vaccine, approved for use in individuals’ age 3 years and older, continues to be available for ordering from HCL. From September through December, the minimum order is 10 doses and maximum order is 30 doses. FluQuadri is supplied with separate needles for attachment at time of administration. 

In the August Immunisation Update, the Ministry of Health advised that the additional stock of FluQuadri is expected to be sufficient to continue vaccination to the end of the 2019 influenza season. They are no longer asking providers to prioritise stock for higher-risk people.

Fluarix Tetra continues to be the only vaccine approved for use in children aged under 3 years. Practices that do not have Fluarix Tetra stock will be unable to administer an influenza vaccine to children aged 6–35 months

 Immunisation providers are requested to read the Ministry of Health news item for additional information about claiming for administration of funded influenza vaccines.

Refund for unused/expired funded influenza vaccine

Please ensure you continue to have influenza vaccine stock available until 31 December for those who are eligible for influenza vaccination. One refund will be available for a total of 10 doses of unused Influvac Tetra and/or one dose of unused Fluarix Tetra and/or 5 doses of unused FluQuadri from any one account. To be eligible for a refund, the unused stock must be returned prior to 31 January 2020. Contact Healthcare Logistics on 0508 425 358 to request a Return Authorisation.

No refund is available for unused Afluria Quad doses.

 Links to Medsafe for the:

Influenza vaccine brand

Influenza vaccine eligibility by brand

Fluarix® Tetra
(no stock available to order)

  • High-risk eligible children aged 6–35 months.
  • Purchased for children aged 6–35 months who are not eligible to receive a funded vaccine based on the influenza risk to the individual child and the local availability of Fluarix Tetra.

FluQuadri™
(minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 doses/order)

  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
  • High-risk eligible adults and children from 3 years of age.
  • Purchased by ineligible adults and children from 3 years of age.
  • Adults aged 65 years or over.
Influvac® Tetra
(no stock available to order)
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
  • High-risk eligible adults and children from 3 years of age.
  • Purchased by ineligible adults and children from 3 years of age.
  • Adults aged 65 years or over.
Afluria® Quad
(no stock available to order)
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
  • High-risk eligible adults and children from 5 years of age.
  • Purchased by ineligible adults and children from 5 years of age.
  • Adults aged 65 years or over.

Background information

The distribution of influenza vaccine in New Zealand has reached near record levels. Around 1.3 million doses of influenza vaccine have been distributed already this winter. This number is close to last year’s all-time record of 1.326 million doses for the entire season, and exceeds the number of doses distributed each year in 2016 and 2017.

  • FluQuadri can be ordered, with a minimum order of 20 doses and maximum order of 30 doses.
  • No Fluarix Tetra is available to order.
  • No Influvac Tetra is available to order.
  • No Afluria Quad is available to order.

Please call your Immunisation Coordinator (not 0800 IMMUNE) if you have any questions about available stock in your area. Use this link to visit our Regional advisors and local coordinators webpage if you need to confirm the contact details for your Immunisation Coordinator.

Health professionals, please use the link to read the document  Managing influenza vaccine supply.

Reduce the spread of influenza

It is still important for those who have been vaccinated as well as those who have not to reduce the risk of spreading influenza:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Wash and dry your hands often.
  • Stay away from others if you are sick.

Links to related documents and external websites

 Ministry of Healt Additional influenza vaccine stock - update 6 July 2019

 Ministry of Health Immunisation Update 11 June 2019

 PHARMAC media release 6 June 2019

Last updated: Sep 2019