Those most at risk are eligible for FREE influenza immunisation, and include
- adults and children with long-term health conditions - more information at www.fightflu.co.nz
- pregnant women (any stage of pregnancy - scroll down for more information)
- and people aged 65 years and older.
If you are eligible, FREE flu vaccinations are available from your GP or medical centre.
Privately funded and FREE flu vaccines are also available from some community pharmacies (for people aged 65 years and older and pregnant women). Please ask your local pharmacist.
This year’s funded influenza vaccines contain two different vaccine strains from the 2017 vaccine.
- Influvac® Tetra
(for adults and children aged 3 years and over) The vaccine will be available from early April
- Fluarix® Tetra
(for children aged 6-35 months) The vaccine will be available from mid-April.
The four influenza strains include two new (in bold):
- A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09 – like virus
- A/Singapore/INFIMH/16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
- B/Brisbane/60/2008 – like virus