Funded Immunisations / Vaccinations
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Immunisation is a well proven way of preventing serious infectious diseases, by stimulating a person’s immune system. We encourage everyone to make an informed decision regarding you and your family’s immunisation, and recommend information from reputatable sources that contain accurate, objective, relevant and understandable information, such as the Ministry of Health, the Immunisation Advisory Centre, and the World Health Organisation. We are also here to help you with our knowledge, and keep you and your family healthy and safe.
Below are information on free funded immunisations for various groups of people. If you would like to book a funded immunisation, simply call us on 4445911 to make a free nurse appointment (online booking not available, with the exception of flu vaccine during peak season around April to June).
Childhood Immunisation Schedule
See Ministry of Health for the detailed schedule.
People who are eligible for a free flu vaccine:
- Pregnant women (any stage of pregnancy)
- Anyone aged 65 years or over
- Children aged 6 months to under 5 years who have been hospitalised for respiratory illness or have a history of significant respiratory illness
- Anyone aged 6 months to under 65 years with any of the following medical conditions:
- Chronic heart problems, excluding high cholesterol or high blood pressure if they have not caused problems with other organs
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Chronic breathing or lung problems, excluding asthma if regular preventative therapy is not required
- Chronic kidney disease
- Cancer that is not in remission, excluding skin cancers if not invasive
- Other conditions (such as autoimmune disease, immune suppression, immune deficiency, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), transplant recipients, neuromuscular and central nervous system diseases, cochlear implant, error of metabolism at risk of major metabolic decompensation, pre- or post-splenectomy, Down syndrome, haemoglobinopathies and children on long term aspirin)
See Fight Flu website for more information.
From 1st January 2017, male and female aged 9 to 26 are eligible for free HPV immunisation. Age 9-14 require 2 doses and age 15 over require 3 doses. It will be included in the new childhood immunisation schedule and be given at school during Year 8. However, anyone else or if missed out can call us to make a free nurse appointment for it.
See the New Zealand HPV Project for more information.
Whooping Cough Vaccine (Pregnancy)
Pregnant women are eligible for a free whooping cough vaccine during 28 to 38 weeks of pregnancy (one for every pregnancy, as it is for the baby), as well as free flu vaccine during any stage of pregnancy (ideally start of the flu season around March/April). It is also highly recommended that close family members get vaccinated, but they are not funded.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
The hepatitis B vaccine is part of the free childhood immunisation schedule, but is also funded for household members of patients with Hepatitis B as well as certain serious medical conditions. Althought not funded but recommended for travellers, immigrants from countries with high rate of Hepatitis B as well as people in at risk occupations, see Ministry of Health.
BCG Tuberculosis Vaccine
- Indian subcontinent
- China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea
- South East Asia (except Singapore)
- some Pacific nations (except Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau and Tonga)
- Russia and the former Soviet states
- most of Africa
- much of South America
However since 2015, there has been a global shortageof BCG vaccines due to manufacturing issues, and since early 2016 to date there has been no supply, see Ministry of Health. People travelling overseas should consider vaccination when overseas.
BCG vaccine is normally given by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service and not at GP clinics. To book call 0800 FOR BCG (367 224). See Auckland Regional Public Health Service for lastest information on BCG vaccine availability.
Ministry of Health: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation