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.

Consumer information

Influenza information and advice from the Ministry is provided in the YourHealth consumer section.

Immunisation programme

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

Antiviral treatment

Information on antiviral treatment including tamiflu is available from the NISG website. Datasheets are provided on the Medsafe website.

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