Immunisations for children
All standard immunisations for children are free until 18 years of age. Immunsations provided under the immune schedule are listed below. You can make an appointment with the Practice Nurse for your child’s immunisation.
The New Zealand National Immunisation Schedule shows which immunisations (including boosters) your children need between the ages of six weeks and twelve years, and when they need them.
These immunisations help protect children from preventable diseases such as:
- Whooping cough
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus influenzae type B
To give your children the best possible protection, make sure they have all of their scheduled immunisations on time.
For more information about immunisations, visit www.immune.org.nz
Boostrix: Boostrix vaccine is available and currently fully funded in later pregnancy to reduce the rate of whooping cough in the unvaccinated newborn. It is also recommended for family members who will have close contact with newborn babies and health care workers.
The vaccine is funded but there may be a nurse fee to administer. If you have an accident involving an open wound you should check whether you need a booster.
Tetanus: Boosters recommended at age 45 and 65. The vaccine is funded but there may be a nurse fee to administer. If you have an accident involving an open wound you should check whether you need a booster.
Yearly flu immunisations are also recommended.
A winter flu can really knock you around. It affects up to 1 in 5 people each year.
Anyone can get the flu, and even previously healthy people can become seriously ill and even die.
Getting vaccinated each year is recommended as the single most effective way to reduce your chances of getting the flu. It’s available, at a small cost, for anyone who wants to protect themselves from infection.
The influenza vaccine is free for those most at risk of complications, and it may be free for you if you:
- Are 65 years or older
- Are pregnant
- Regularly use an asthma preventer
- Have diabetes
- Have kidney problems
- Have heart disease
- Have cancer
- Have a serious medical condition.
Immunisations for travellers
If you are planning to travel overseas, it’s important to make sure that you get the vaccinations you need to keep you safe while you are travelling.
We can help you with this. First, you’ll need to ask reception for a ‘Pre-Travel Questionnaire’ or download the form here, complete, and email back to firstname.lastname@example.org. When we get your completed form, we’ll contact you to make you an appointment to get the vaccinations you’ll need for the countries that you’ll be travelling to.