Influenza is a significant public health issue in New Zealand. Each year it has a large impact on our community, with 10-20% of New Zealanders infected.
Some of these people become so ill they need hospital care, and a small number die.
Influenza also has a financial impact, particularly in workplaces, and can potentially overwhelm both primary care and hospital services during winter epidemics.
For information relating to influenza, go to the following pages and websites.
Pandemic planning and response
Ministry of Health pandemic planning and response.
Influenza information and advice from the Ministry is provided in the YourHealth consumer section.
Information on the annual influenza immunisation programme, including who is eligible for free immunisation, is available from the National Influenza Specialist Group (NISG) website.
Workforce Influenza Immunisation Coverage Rates by District Health Boards
- Information on 2014 Workforce Influenza Immunisation Coverage Rates by District Health Boards (Word, 6.85 MB) (update: 22 May 2015)
- 2013 Workforce Influenza Immunisation Coverage Rates by District Health Board (Word, 116 KB) (update: 16 October 2013)
- 2012 Workforce Immunisation coverage rates by DHB (pdf, 176 KB) (update: 20 November 2012)
Information on avian influenza.