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Funded Flu Vaccination Criteria 2017

Posted by on 6 March 2017

Funded* influenza vaccine is available each year for patients who meet the following criteria as set by PHARMAC:

  • all people 65 years of age and over;or
  • people under 65 years of age who have:
    • any of the following cardiovascular diseases:

      • ischaemic heart disease, or
      • congestive heart failure, or
      • rheumatic heart disease, or
      • congenital heart disease, or
      • cerebrovascular disease; or
    • either of the following chronic respiratory diseases:
      • asthma, if on a regular preventative therapy, or
      • other chronic respiratory disease with impaired lung function; or
    • diabetes; or
    • chronic renal disease; or
    • any cancer, excluding basal and squamous skin cancers if not invasive; or
    • any of the following other conditions:
      • autoimmune disease, or
      • immune suppression or
      • immune deficiency, or
      • HIV, or
      • transplant recipients, or
      • neuromuscular and CNS diseases/ disorders, or
      • haemoglobinopathiesd , or
      • are children on long term aspirin, or
      • have a cochlear implant, or
      • errors of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decompensation, or
      • pre and post splenectomy, or
      • down syndrome, or
      • are pregnant (any trimester); or
      • children aged four years and under who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness;

Unless meeting the criteria set out above, the following conditions are excluded from funding:

  • asthma not requiring regular preventative therapy,
  • hypertension and/or dyslipidaemia without evidence of end-organ disease.

*Please note flu vaccines are only free to those who are eligible for Health Benefits. Please click here to see whether you are eligible.