Immunisations are one of the most important service we provide. Immunisation has led to the decline of many lethal diseases including, most recently, meningococcal B meningitis.
Babies are routinely immunised for tetanus, polio, whooping cough, diphtheria, hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza type B, which are now combined in one injection. Immunisation for measles, mumps and rubella are also provided in one injection. Each child has his or her own document to keep a record of these injections. Under the age of 5 this is usually their Well Child book. The immunisation record will need to be shown, for example, when starting school or early childcare.
The staff will also record the immunisation details on New Zealand National Immunisation Register. This information system holds details of all immunisations given to children here. The computer will alert families when immunisations are due.
Pneumococcal vaccine and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are now included in the immunisation programme. Pneumococcal vaccine is free for children aged 4 years and under, the HPV vaccine is free for girls and young women born from 1 January 1990. The influenza and tuberculosis (TB) vaccines are each provided free for certain eligible groups. Patients can also request chicken pox, rotavirus, meningococcal B, hepatitis A and travel vaccines but since these carry no government subsidy, you will have to pay for them. Reactions to immunisation are increasingly extremely rare following improvements in vaccine research and production.
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