The funded Influenza Immunisation Programme runs from 1 April through 31 December each year
INFLUVAC® TETRA – for adults and children aged 3 years or older
FLUARIX® TETRA – for children aged under 3 years, i.e. 6–35 months
Eligibility criteria for FREE seasonal influenza vaccination for 2019:
Pregnant women (any trimester)
People aged 65 years and older
People aged under 65 years with any of the medical conditions listed below
Children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness
Please note: From 1 April 2019, PHARMAC removed the influenza vaccine eligibility criteria for people under 18 years of age living in Seddon, Kaikoura and Hurunui areas.
The standard eligibility criteria for people aged 6 months to under 18 years continues to apply in these regions.
The following conditions are excluded from funding:
- asthma not requiring regular preventative therapy
- hypertension and/or dyslipidaemia without evidence of end-organ disease
Eligible medical conditions for funded influenza vaccine
List of eligible medical conditions for free influenza immunisation (adults and children).
Funded influenza vaccine is available each year for patients who meet
• all people 65 years of age and over; or
Unless meeting the criteria set out above, the following conditions are
• asthma not requiring regular preventative therapy,
Also refer to the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule on the PHARMAC website
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Influenza vaccination may be contraindicated or need to be delayed for people receiving some new cancer treatments. Please read the information under Contraindications and precautions to receiving influenza vaccine on page 16 of the Flu Kit Booklet 2019 for people receiving atezolizumab (TECENTRIQ®), ipilimumab (YERVOY®), nivolumab (OPDIVO®) and pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®) and contact the person’s oncologist or 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) for current advice about influenza vaccination for these people BEFORE administering the vaccine.
a. Chronic respiratory diseases may include: chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, emphysema.