Influenza Immunisation Programme

Our influenza information and resources have now been integrated into our immune.org.nz website

Overview

  • The 2024 Flu kit is available to view here.
  • NIP Dropbox with downloadable influenza resources and forms for health care professionals can be found here.
  • Latest data about the rollout of the 2024 influenza vaccine campaign in Aotearoa can be viewed here.
  • Our 2024 influenza webinar can be viewed here.

The annual Influenza Immunisation Programme is the responsibility of Te Whatu Ora, which sets the Programme goals and oversees implementation.

Free influenza vaccinations, using the funded influenza vaccine brand (Influvac Tetra), are available for high-risk individuals who meet Pharmac eligibility criteria (see below). Influvac Tetra can also be purchased by those who do not meet the Pharmac criteria.

A range of additional unfunded influenza vaccine brands are available.

Those not eligible for free influenza vaccination can purchase one through their general practice or a vaccinating pharmacy.

2024 eligibility for funded influenza vaccination

Pharmac’s eligibility criteria:

  • pregnant people
  • people aged 65 years and over
  • people aged 6 months to under 65 years with eligible conditions*
  • children 4 years of age and under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness
  • people aged 6 months to under 65 years with serious mental health and addiction conditions*

* For more details on eligibility click here.

2024 goals and objectives

Goals:

Aged 65 years and over:

  • 75% coverage

Healthcare and disability workers:

  • 80% coverage for Te Whatu Ora employed workers
  • An increase in absolute vaccinations from 2023 for non-Te Whatu Ora health and disability workers

 Objectives:

  • Offer influenza vaccine to all children aged between 6 months and 4 years upon hospital discharge following respiratory illness
  • Offer influenza vaccine to all pregnant people 
  • Offer influenza vaccine to all eligible people on discharge from hospital 


Resources

Resources can be found on our influenza disease and vaccine pages.

Influenza disease
View our information on influenza disease here.

Influenza vaccine
View 2024 influenza vaccine information and guidance here. Supporting factsheets can be found on this page.


Summary of 2024 influenza vaccines
Table of influenza vaccines is available to view here.

Essential information for health professionals

View the 2024 Flu kit here.

General influenza enquiries and clinical queries

For general flu enquiries, please contact influenza@auckland.ac.nz.

For clinical advice, please phone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) or email 0800immune@auckland.ac.nz

FLU2024 IMAC webinar

IMAC hosted a webinar on the 2024 Influenza Immunisation Programme on Tuesday 26 March. This webinar provided information on the Programme, this year's vaccines and other relevant information for vaccinators.

You can view the webinar here.

2024 Influenza Programme dates

The Influenza Immunisation Programme starts on 2 April 2024 and runs until 31 December 2024.

Printed copies of the 2024 Flu kit booklet

The annual flu mailout was completed mid-March to a range of organisations including general practices, pharmacies, Māori and Pacific providers, aged care facilities and private occupational health providers. Some individuals – primarily those with responsibilities to educate vaccinators or support immunisation providers - also receive copies.

Hard copies of the flu kit booklet -FLU2024 Essential information for health professionals - are not available to be ordered. The online version for self-printing can be downloaded here.

Please email influenza@auckland.ac.nz if your organisation expected, but has not received, a mailout pack so we can ensure we have up-to-date postal details.