Ordering and storage
Influenza vaccine ordering is handled by Healthcare Logistics (HCL). You can order in two ways:
Online (referred option, registration required): www.hcl.co.nz
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 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, usually March to 31 December 2018.
Influenza vaccine is still available following the funded period, however, all patients will have to pay for it.
How much is the immunisation subsidy?
$20.51 (excl. GST)
There are no delivery charges.
Minimum order requirements?
The total influenza vaccine order must meet minimum quantities as follows:
|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.
Notes for providers:
- Please base FLUARIX® TETRA stock on your known population of children aged under 3 years, i.e. aged 6–35 months, who are eligible for funded influenza vaccination
- Please consider your refrigerator capacity and the addition of Zostavax® to the National Immunisation Schedule on 1 April 2018
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.
Vaccine availability at the start of the season
Orders will be dispatched as soon as the vaccine is released by the Ministry of Health. Please do not organise clinics before your vaccine stock has arrived.
INFLUVAC® TETRA, for adults and children aged 3 years or older, is expected to be available in early-April 2018.
FLUARIX® TETRA, for children aged under 3 years, i.e. aged 6–35 months, is expected to be available in mid-April 2018.
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/expired funded influenza vaccine
One refund will be available for a total of 10 doses of unused INFLUVAC® TETRA and/or one dose of unused FLUARIX® TETRA from any one account. To be eligible for a refund, the unused stock must be returned prior to 31 January 2019. Please ensure you continue to have influenza vaccine stock available until 31 December for those who are eligible for influenza vaccination.
Contact Healthcare Logistics on 0508 425 358 to request a Return Authorisation.
The shelf life of the influenza vaccine
All influenza vaccines are marked with an expiry date that should be checked before vaccine administration.
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.