Ordering and storage

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

Online - preferred option: www.hcl.co.nz (registration required)
Fax order form to: 0508 408 358
Enquiries can be made by calling: 0508 425 358

Cost of the influenza vaccine

The vaccine costs $9.00 (excl. GST) per dose. For patients eligible for funded influenza vaccine, the vaccine is free (i.e. no vaccine cost and no administration service cost to the patient). 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 seasonal influenza immunisation programme, from early March to 31 December 2017.

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

How much is the immunisation subsidy?

$20.14 (excl. GST)

Delivery charges?

There are no delivery charges.

Minimum order requirements?

The following minimu order quantities apply (please note that May differs from what is shown on page 9 of the influenza kit)

  March April May June July Aug-Dec
  Min 60 doses Min 60 doses Min 60 doses Min 30 doses Min 20 doses Min 10 doses

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

NOTE: Some orders may have a temperature logging device included with the shipment. Do not be concerned if your shipment does not contain a
temperature logging device.

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.

Orders will be dispatched as soon as the vaccine is available from the supplier. 

Note: Due to demand, please allow up to 48 hours before dispatch. Please do not book your clinics before the stock has arrived.

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 stock/expired influenza vaccine

One refund per season will be available for a total of 10 doses of unused stock of seasonal influenza vaccine from any one account. Unused stock can be returned from 1 September 2017. Please ensure you continue
to have influenza vaccine stock available until 31 December for those who are eligible for influenza vaccination.

Thereafter surgeries should contact their immunisation coordinator for information on safe disposal.

For any further information on ordering, please phone Healthcare Logistics Customer Services 0508 425 358.

The shelf life of the influenza vaccine 

Twelve months from date of manufacture, if stored between +2ºC and +8ºC at all times (refrigerated). All pre-filled syringes are marked with an expiry date which should be checked before vaccine administration.

Cold Chain

The vaccine must be stored between +2°C and +8°C at all times. It must not be frozen. If the vaccine has been stored outside the +2°C to +8°C temperature range at any time (e.g. inadvertently left out of the refrigerator or has been frozen), please contact your local immunisation coordinator for advice and refer to the Cold Chain Appendix in the Immunisation Handbook.

Temperature logging devices

A temperature logging device may be with your order. Do not be concerned if your shipment does not contain a temperature logging device. Details about the device will also be included with your order.