21,660 flu vaccines administered in the last week

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07 July 2022

Influenza vaccines administered in New Zealand

The numbers as at 1 July 2022

  • 21,660 flu vaccines administered across New Zealand in the past week, bringing the total to date to 1,103,776 (22% of the population).
  • Flu vaccines administered to those over 65 so far: 542,967 (67%).
  • Flu vaccines administered to Māori aged 55 to 64 so far: 21,921 (32%).
  • Flu vaccines administered to Pacific people aged 55 to 64 so far: 10,975 (34%).
  • 1,545, 798 doses have been distributed around the country.

What you need to know

  • Getting the flu vaccine helps reduce your risk of getting really sick or having to go to hospital.
  • Reopening New Zealand's border means we will see new strains of flu spreading in our communities.
  • Flu vaccines are free for those people most likely to get very sick – people who are over 65 years of age; Māori and Pacific people over 55 years of age; pregnant people; tamariki aged 3-12 years old, and those with underlying and other health conditions.
  • Total influenza vaccinations administered for the year in 2020 was 1,163,566
  • Total influenza vaccinations administered for the year in 2021 was 911,046
  • Visit the Ministry of Health’s website for more information.
  • Data may vary reflecting timeliness of data reporting.

New Zealand is moving towards the winter peak for all respiratory illness, including flu. People are encouraged to get an influenza vaccination if they are not yet immunised.

People are also reminded to stay home if they are unwell, regardless of their COVID-19 test result. Staying home when unwell is one of the most important public health measures to prevent transmission of all respiratory illnesses.

As expected, this flu season is one of the most challenging we’ve seen in recent years, with many people presenting at hospital with severe flu-related symptoms. Funded eligibility for the flu vaccine has now been extended.

From last week, flu vaccinations became free for all tamariki aged 3-12 years old, and for people with serious mental health and addiction needs. 

To keep your child and whānau healthy this winter, it’s important they have a flu vaccination, and are also up to date with their other vaccinations, including COVID-19 and measles. 

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