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Last year, Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health announced that some people with mental health and addiction issues can be eligible for a free flu vaccination. The specific eligibility criteria includes:

“Anyone with schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder or anyone currently accessing secondary or tertiary mental health and addiction services, can get a free flu jab.” – Manatū Hauora

From April 1, the 2023 influenza vaccine is available to the general population. If you are wanting a get a flu vaccination and believe you maybe be eligible for the funded vaccine, please talk to a member of your mental health or AOD clinical team, pharmacist, doctor or other support. Where to go for walk-in vaccination, and more information about eligibility can be found at

We also want to encourage whānau, services and the health workforce to be proactive and support tāngata whai ora to ask about the funded flu vaccine through the service, a GP, pharmacy, or pop-up clinic. Using the SEE US campaign, we have now adapted the posters to highlight the fact that flu vaccines are funded and very important for people with mental health & addiction issues, and to promote uptake.

For health professionals, the Immunisation Advisory Centre has developed a 2023 flu kit booklet, which includes new information on the importance of influenza vaccination for those with serious mental health conditions. This can be found on their website here.