Influenza immunisation is FREE for people who are most at risk
Influenza immunisation is recommended and FREE for people who are most likely to get very sick, be hospitalised or even die if they catch influenza. These are:
- Pregnant women (any time during pregnancy).
- People aged 65 years or older.
- People aged under 65 years with diabetes, most heart or lung conditions and some other illnesses, see the table below for more details.
- Children aged 4 years or under who have had a stay in hospital for measles, asthma or other breathing problems.
For more information, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist, or call 0800 466 863.
Funded influenza immunisation criteria as set by PHARMAC:
1. People 65 years of age and over; or
2. People under 65 years of age who
3. Children aged 4 years or under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness, including measles, or have a history of significant respiratory illness
Unless meeting the criteria set out above, the following conditions are excluded from funding:
Also refer to the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule on the PHARMAC website.
|a. Chronic respiratory diseases may include: chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, emphysema.
b. Autoimmune diseases may include: coeliac disease, Crohns disease, Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis: Immune suppression or immune deficiency includes diseases modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) or targeted biologic therapies.
c. Neuromuscular and CNS diseases/disorders include: celebral palsy, congenital myopathy, epilepsy, hydrocephaly, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury.
d. Haemoglobinopathies including: sickle cell anaemia, thalassemia.
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