Primary Healthcare Service
Immunisations are provided at all primary care practices and are one of the most important services they provide. Immunisation has led to the decline of many lethal diseases including meningococcal B meningitis.
The National Immunisation Schedule offers a series of vaccines free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. Visit the Ministry of Health website http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation/new-zealand-immunisation-schedule to find out what vaccines are on the Schedule and when they are given. Additional vaccines are provided free for certain eligible groups considered to be at high risk because of other medical conditions; find out more here http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation/new-zealand-immunisation-schedule. These and other vaccines such as travel vaccines can be purchased by other people if they want them.
Immunisations are given by a practice nurse or doctor, having ensured beforehand that the person is not ill or suffering from allergies. Risks associated with immunisation are very rare.
Children have their own document to keep a record of these injections. Under the age of 5 this is usually their Well Child/Tamariki Ora My Health Book. The immunisation record may need to be shown, for example, when starting school or early childcare. The staff will also record the immunisation details on New Zealand’s National Immunisation Register. This computerised information system holds details of all immunisations given to children here and will alert families when immunisations are due.
Full childhood, teenage and travel vaccine service offered.
From July 1st, 2017 the Chickenpox Vaccine will become part of the schedule at 15 months. Any child born after April 1st, 2016 is entitled to this free. Any children born before April 1st, 2016 who have this vaccination, will be charged $85.00.
If you anticipate overseas travel that requires travel vaccines, we encourage you do so 6 weeks before you leave if able.
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This page was last updated at 10:29AM on December 26, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Waimauku Doctors.