All about the 2017 Influenza Season

2017 key messages

  • Around one in four New Zealanders are infected with influenza or ‘flu’ each year. Many won’t feel sick at all, but can still pass it on to others. Getting an influenza vaccination before winter offers you and others the best protection
  • Pregnant women and their babies can suffer serious consequences as a result of influenza. A FREE influenza vaccination during any trimester of the pregnancy reduces this risk
  • Older people and those with certain medical conditions are more likely to have medical complications from influenza. A FREE influenza vaccination reduces these risks
  • Influenza is a serious illness that can put anyone in hospital or even kill them, including young and healthy people
  • Influenza vaccination is safe, effective and cannot give you “the flu”

More than 1.2 million New Zealanders have their influenza vaccination each year. Getting vaccinated each year as early as possible before winter hits gives the best protection.

Thank you for being part of our team

The Ministry of Health and the Immunisation Advisory Centre appreciate all your hard work, and thank you for your role in ensuring New Zealanders are protected from influenza.

Important Information

2017 Influenza Kit

Influenza Kits will be posted to general practices, DHB/healthcare workers, private vaccinators, pharmacists, and midwives/LMCs towards the end of February.

If you have not received an Influenza Kit by 8 March, please contact Erin by email influenza@auckland.ac.nz or telephone 09 923 2075.

The 2017 Influenza Kit will also available online in the resource section.

The influenza vaccine for the New Zealand 2017 influenza season contains the following three virus strains:

A (H1N1): an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) - like virus   (new strain)
A (H3N2): an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) - like virus    
B/Brisbane/60/2008 - like virus        

Quadrivalent vaccines contain viruses listed above, plus the additional B virus:

B/Phuket/3073/2013 like virus.

Resources & Downloads

Pregnancy

2017 - information and resources relating to influenza and pregnancy

It is well established that some of the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy leave pregnant women and their growing baby at greater risk of serious influenza complications.

Influenza infection during pregnancy can have catastrophic consequences for both mother and baby including premature birth, stillbirth, small for gestational age and perinatal death.

Immunise to protect pregnant women and their babies
The negative impact of Influenza infection during pregnancy
Immunise to protect women and their babies

Avoid FLU during pregnancy brochure (available soon)
Pregnant women - frequently asked questions (available soon)

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for FREE seasonal influenza vaccination for 2017