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March 23rd, 2023

Flu / Covid Update 2023

Flu Appointments

Appointments are now available for Flu Vaccinations from 4 April 2023.
Bookings can be made over the phone now or,
via the Indici patient portal after 4 April.


Why is the influenza vaccination important this year?

This year, as COVID-19 restrictions have eased and borders are open, it can be expected that a resurgence of respiratory viruses will follow, including influenza. During COVID-19 outbreaks, influenza vaccination is important, as the co-circulation of both diseases leads to an increased risk of serious illness if both viruses are caught whilst unvaccinated.



The influenza vaccine is recommended and funded for people who meet the eligibility criteria, as set by PHARMAC. This includes

– All children (tamariki) aged 6 months – 12 years old

– Pregnant people

– People aged 65 years and older

– People aged from 13 years to under 65 years with eligible conditions

– Māori and Pacific peoples aged 55 to 64 years

For a full list of eligible conditions, please refer to, or view the PHARMAC website:


The Vaccines Available This Year:

Age Vaccine Dose Number of doses Cost per dose
(If not eligible for a funded vaccine)
6-35 months Afluria Quad Junior 0.25mL 1 or 2*  


(This is funded for all in this age group).

3 – 12 years Afluria Quad 0.5mL 1 or 2*  


(This is funded for all in this age group).


13-64 years


Afluria Quad




1 or 2*




≥ 65 years Afluria Quad
(Funded option)
0.5mL 1 N/A
(This is funded for all in this age group).
Fluad Quad
(Non-funded option)**
0.5mL 1 $40.00



*Tamariki aged 6 months to under 9 years who are receiving the influenza vaccine for the first time should receive two doses, at least 4 weeks apart.

**Fluad Quad is available for purchase for those aged ≥ 65 years.
As we age, our immune system becomes less effective. This vaccine is designed to promote a stronger immune response, and so is potentially more effective for people in this age group.


COVID-19 and the Influenza Vaccination

It is safe to have the Influenza vaccination at the same time as all COVID-19 vaccinations, except Novavax. Please refer to the listed websites for information, or call to discuss any concerns or queries with a nurse before booking your appointment.

If you have had COVID-19, and are no longer isolating, there is no stand-down period required before having your influenza vaccination.

For more information, please refer to the following website:

Covid19  Boosters

Appointments for Covid Booster will be available from mid April.
More information to follow in a later post.