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

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has extended this year's seasonal influenza immunisation programme to the end of August.

Minimum order quantities apply as follows:

March April May June July August
Min 60 doses  Min 60 doses  Min 30          
doses *
Min 20 doses Min 10 doses Min 10 doses

*Small surgeries struggling to meet the minimum dose requirements, please contact HCL on 0508 425 358.


The influenza vaccine for the New Zealand 2016 influenza season contains the following three virus strains:

A (H1N1): an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) - like virus
A (H3N2): an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) like virus     (new virus strain for 2016)
B/Brisbane/60/2008 like virus        (new virus strain for 2016)

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

B/Phuket/3073/2013 like virus.

Resources & Downloads

For access to the 2016 resources, including:

...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
Pregnant women - frequently asked questions


Eligibility criteria for FREE seasonal influenza vaccination for 2016