Shingles vaccine now free for aged 65 to 80

Good news! The previously $200 Zostavax is now free for anyone turning 65 years. For those aged 66 to 80, the vaccine is free for 2 years (until 31 March 2020). Some people can’t have it though, in particularly if you are pregnant or immunocompromised, see our...

A new year, a new YOU

Happy new year! With a new year, it’s a great opportunity to evaluate the year just been, and think about want you want to get out of this year. It’s a good time for a “warrant of fitness”, and if you have any health related new year...

World Osteoporosis Day is October 20th

Osteoporosis is common and under-diagnosed in New Zealand. It’s a condition where your bones are weak and are at risk of fractures. To help protect your bones we recommend adequate vitamin D/sun exposure, dietary calcium and keeping physically active. If you...

HPV vaccine free for boys & girls from 2017

Did you know? The HPV vaccine helps prevent cervical, genital & throat cancers as well as genital warts. And the good news is that from 2017 it is free for boys and girls up to age 26. The HPV vaccine Gardasil had been funded for girls age 12 to 18 since 2008. The...