Everything Healthcare Professionals need to know about the 2016 Influenza Season

This website and the national Annual Influenza Awareness Campaign, is brought to you by the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) and the National Influenza Campagin's advisory group, the National Influenza Strategy Group (NISG). IMAC is a nationwide organisation based at the
University of Auckland. It provides New Zealanders with a local source of independent, factual information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits and risks of immunisation. IMAC manages the promotion of the National Influenza Campaign on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

More than a million New Zealanders have their influenza vaccination each year. Getting vaccinated each year as early as possible before winter hits gives the best protection, and protection can last until the next year.

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

For access to the 2017 resources, including:

  • 2017 Flu Kit - Everything you need to know about FLU (available soon)
  • Brochures - General Practice / Pharmacy /Workplace Vaccinator; Midwife/LMC; Healthcare Worker (available soon)
  • Posters - General Practice/Pharmacy; Healthcare Worker; Workplace Vaccinator; Midwife/LMC (available soon)
  • 2017 funded influenza vaccine summary table (available soon)

...and much more!

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Dr Nikki Turner talks about the influenza vaccine




2016 - 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

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


Eligibility criteria for FREE seasonal influenza vaccination for 2016