4 March 2021: OIA response | Influenza vaccine distribution data, antidepressants and anxiolytics dispensing data for Canterbury DHB

4 March 2021

Dear [name and contact details withheld]

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your request dated 25 January 2021 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to Canterbury distribution/dispensing data for the influenza vaccine, antidepressants and anxiety treatments.

I note that this request is for an update of information previously provided in our response to you on 16 October 2020 and our response to you on 13 November 2020.

Please see below for the complete 2020 data for influenza vaccine distribution and antidepressants and anxiolytics dispensing in Canterbury DHB.

Influenza vaccine

Table 1: total funded and unfunded influenza vaccine doses distributed in Canterbury DHB.

Year

Doses distributed

2016

179,281

2017

172,695

2018

188,082

2019

228,846

2020

239,081

Please note, the total number of funded and unfunded doses distributed for 2020 has decreased from the figure provided in our response to you on 13 November 2020. At the end of the influenza season, unused doses can be returned. Doses that have expired can also be included in returns. This can cause the effective distributed number to reduce compared to preliminary numbers.

Table 2: total funded influenza vaccine doses distributed in Canterbury DHB

Year

Community

Hospital

2016

84,470

 

2017

84,745

 

2018

87,347

 

2019

89,673

 

2020

98,988

11,550

Table 3: total unfunded influenza vaccine doses distributed in Canterbury DHB

Year

Doses distributed

2016

94,811

2017

87,950

2018

100,735

2019

139,173

2020

128,544

Antidepressants

Table 4: total antidepressant prescriptions dispensed in the community in Canterbury DHB.

Year

Prescriptions dispensed

2016

242,938

2017

255,322

2018

262,388

2019

274,708

2020

288,666

Anxiolytics

Table 5: total anxiolytics prescriptions dispensed in the community in Canterbury DHB.

Year

Prescriptions dispensed

2016

53,406

2017

53,842

2018

55,329

2019

58,775

2020

61,584

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