OIA response: Canterbury DHB distribution data for influenza vaccine

Request for information relating to the number of doses and prescriptions distributed for Canterbury.

13 November 2020

Dear [name and contact details withheld]

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your request dated 18 September 2020 under the Official Information Act 1982
(OIA) for information relating to Canterbury distribution/dispensing data for the influenza
vaccine, antidepressants and anxiety treatments. You asked for:

  1. Total number of influenza doses distributed for Canterbury between 2016 – current
    date, broken down by year.
  2. Total number of antidepressants prescriptions for Canterbury between 2016 – current
    date, broken down by year. This includes all antidepressants listed in the New Zealand
    Pharmaceutical Schedule.
  3. Total number of prescriptions for the treatment of anxiety for Canterbury between 2016
    – current date, broken down by year. This includes all anxiolytics listed in the New
    Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule.

On 16 October 2020, we provided you with the antidepressants and anxiety treatments data
requested
.

We have now confirmed the Canterbury DHB area distribution data for the influenza vaccine.
Please refer to the table below for this data:

Table 1: Influenza vaccine doses distributed in Canterbury DHB area (2016-present)

Year Doses   
2020* 239,189
2019 228,846
2018 188,082
2017 172,695
2016 179,281

*data to 30 September 2020 (inclusive).

We trust that this information answers your queries. We are making our information more freely
available, so we will now publish selected OIA responses (excluding personal details) on our
website. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about this.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Read
Manager, Policy and Government Services