Ordering and storage

Influenza vaccine supply issue

To keep up-to-date with the latest information and advice regarding the influenza vaccine supply, please use this link to visit the Influenza vaccine supply issue Hot Topic on The Immunisation Advisory Centre website.

The Ministry of Health and PHARMAC have advised that an additional 55,000 doses of the influenza vaccine FLUQUADRI™ have been sourced for delivery to New Zealand from Monday 8 July. This should enable providers to receive delivery from later that week onwards. Providers can now place orders for FLUQUADRI through HCL. A minimum and maximum order of 30 doses applies. FLUQUADRI is supplied with separate needles.

While people at greatest risk from influenza continue to be the priority for influenza vaccination, the additional vaccines mean that other New Zealanders will be able to purchase FLUQUADRI once the new stocks arrive. INFLUVAC TETRA and AFLURIA QUAD will also be available for purchase by ineligible adults and children.

FLUARIX TETRA continues to be the only vaccine approved for use in children aged under 3 years. FLUARIX TETRA can continue to be used for pregnant women however, it would be wise for clinicians to use other vaccines where available and prioritise FLUARIX TETRA for children aged 6–35 months.

The distribution of influenza vaccine in New Zealand has reached near record levels. Around 1.3 million doses of influenza vaccine have been distributed already this winter. This number is close to last year’s all-time record of 1.326 million doses for the entire season, and exceeds the number of doses distributed each year in 2016 and 2017.

  • FLUARIX TETRA can be ordered, with a maximum order of 5 doses.
  • FLUQUADRIi can be ordered, with a minimum and maximum order of 30 doses.
  • No INFLUVAC TETRA is available to order.
  • No AFLURIA QUAD is available to order.

Children aged 3 years to under 9 years who were not able to receive their second influenza vaccination

As influenza vaccine is available for purchase again, children aged 3 years to under 9 years can now receive their second purchased influenza vaccination to maximise their immune response against influenza.

Influenza vaccine brands are interchangeable, children who received FLUARIX TETRA or INFLUVAC TETRA for their first vaccination can receive the age appropriate vaccine available when their second dose is due (FLUQUADRI from 3 years or AFLURIA QUAD from 5 years).

Children aged 6–35 months

While high-risk eligible children aged 6–35 months continue to be the priority to receive FLUARIX TETRA, clinicians can make decisions on the use of FLUARIX TETRA in children aged 6-35 months who are not eligible to receive a funded vaccine based on the risk to the individual child and the local availability of FLUARIX TETRA.

Influenza vaccine brand Influenza vaccine eligibility by brand
FLUARIX® TETRA
(maximum of 5 doses/order)
  • High-risk eligible children aged 6–35 months.
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy if other influenza vaccine brands are not available.
  • Purchased for children aged 6–35 months who are not eligible to receive a funded vaccine based on the influenza risk to the individual child and the local availability of Fluarix Tetra.

FLUQUADRI™
(minimum and maximum of 30 doses/order)

  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
  • High-risk eligible adults and children from 3 years of age.
  • Purchased by ineligible adults and children from 3 years of age.
  • Adults aged 65 years or over.
INFLUVAC® TETRA
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
  • High-risk eligible adults and children from 3 years of age.
  • Purchased by ineligible adults and children from 3 years of age.
  • Adults aged 65 years or over.
AFLURIA® QUAD
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
  • High-risk eligible adults and children from 5 years of age.
  • Purchased by ineligible adults and children from 5 years of age.
  • Adults aged 65 years or over.

Please call your Immunisation Co-ordinator (not 0800 IMMUNE) if you have any questions about available stock in your area.

Influenza vaccine ordering is handled by Healthcare Logistics (HCL). You can order in two ways:

Online (preferred option, registration required): www.hcl.co.nz
Fax order form to: 0508 408 358*
*Faxed and emailed orders will incur a $10 handling fee.

 Click on the link to download the Influenza vaccine form for faxed or emailed orders.

Enquiries can be made by calling: 0508 425 358

Cost of the influenza vaccine

The vaccine costs $9.00 (excl. GST) per dose. For people eligible for funded influenza vaccine, the vaccine is free (i.e. no vaccine cost and no administration service cost to the person). General practices can claim for the cost of the vaccine and the immunisation benefit for administration of a funded influenza vaccine to an eligible individual via the usual Sector Services process.

Note: Claims can only be made when the vaccine is given during the funded Influenza Immunisation Programme, from 1 April 2019 through 31 December 2019.

Influenza vaccine is still available following the funded period, however, all patients will have to pay for it.

How much is the immunisation subsidy?

$21.00 (excl. GST)

Order or delivery charges?

There are no delivery charges. However, faxed or emailed orders incur a manual order processing fee of $10 per order. This fee can be avoided by ordering online.

Influenza vaccine chilly bins

Influenza vaccine chilly bins cannot be recycled. To reduce wastage when ordering, please consider your expected usage. A small bin holds 60 doses, a medium chilly bin holds up to 120 doses, a large bin holds up to 180 doses, the extra-large bin holds up to 500 doses.

Influenza vaccine stock damaged in transit

Influenza vaccine damaged in transit may be returned to Healthcare Logistics for destruction. Please contact Healthcare Logistics 0508 425 358 before returning.

Refund for unused/expired funded influenza vaccine

Please ensure you continue to have influenza vaccine stock available until 31 December for those who are eligible for influenza vaccination. One refund will be available for a total of 10 doses of unused INFLUVAC TETRA and/or one dose of unused FLUARIX TETRA and/or 5 doses of unused FLUQUADRI from any one account. To be eligible for a refund, the unused stock must be returned prior to 31 January 2020. Contact Healthcare Logistics on 0508 425 358 to request a Return Authorisation.

No refund is available for unused AFLURIA QUAD doses.

The shelf life of the influenza vaccine 

All influenza vaccines are marked with an expiry date that should be checked before vaccine administration.

Cold Chain

The vaccines must be stored between +2°C and +8°C at all times. They must not be frozen.

Temperature-monitored chilly bins must be used if vaccines are temporarily stored outside the vaccine refrigerator or being transported. Refer to the National Standards for Vaccine Storage and Transportation for Immunisation Providers 2017 (available at www.health.govt.nz/coldchain).

If vaccines have been stored outside the required temperature range, quarantine the vaccines and contact your Immunisation/Cold Chain Coordinator.

Temperature logging devices

A temperature logging device and instructions may be included with your order.