Everything Healthcare Professionals need to know about the 2015 Influenza Season

This website and the national Annual Influenza Awareness Campaign, is brought to you by NISG (the National Influenza Specialist Group). NISG is a not-for-profit group of expert Kiwi doctors and nurses, whose aim is to promote the benefits of immunisation for those most at risk.

More than a million New Zealanders get annual immunisation against influenza. Protecting pregnant women and their babies will be a special focus, plus we would particularly like healthcare professionals to encourage all eligible adults, including younger people, who have ongoing medical conditions to consider FREE immunisation.

Thank you for being part of our team

As you know, healthcare professionals have the biggest influence on a person’s decision to immunise against influenza by providing information and prompting them into action. Support from health professionals like you keeps our communities healthy by reducing influenza. Thank you.

Important Information


The funded seasonal influenza immunisation programme has been extended to Friday 11th September.

All claims for funded vaccines (those administered up to 11 September 2015) will need to be submitted by 31 December 2015. 

An eligible child under 9 years of age who has never previously been vaccinated against influenza is recommended to have two doses of the vaccine. If the first dose is given up to 11 September, the second dose may be given later and will still be funded.  (NB: An immunisation payment claim for a child’s second dose given after 11 September will need to be submitted manually).

PHARMAC Eligibility Extension

From 1st July PHARMAC has extended the eligibility criteria for funded influenza vaccine to include patients with Down Syndrome, cochlea implant, error of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decomposition and pre and post splenectomy.


2015 - information and resources relating to influenza and pregnancy

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

Pregnant women brochure
Pregnant women - FAQ's


Eligibility criteria for FREE seasonal influenza vaccination for 2015