2018 Influenza season
This website and the national annual influenza promotional campaign is brought to you by The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) and the National Influenza Strategy Group (NISG).
Influenza Immunisation Programme goals
Vaccinate 75% of the population aged 65 years or older against influenza annually
Improve influenza immunisation coverage for people aged under 65 years with certain medical conditions, and pregnant women
Improve influenza immunisation uptake for healthcare workers
80% of District Health Board-based healthcare workers are vaccinated against influenza annually
Distribute more than 1.2 million influenza vaccine doses annually, i.e. protect more than 25% of the community
2019 Influenza Immunisation Programme start date
From 2019, the Annual Influenza Immunisation Programme will have a fixed start date of 1 April. In previous years, the programme started as soon as the influenza vaccine became available, generally by early March. The change to a fixed start date of 1 April is intended to ensure that the vaccine remains as effective as possible during the peak incidence of influenza, which in recent years has occurred in late winter.
For further information, refer to the Ministry's policy statement on the Annual Influenza Immunisation Programme Start Date.