Vaccines stimulate the body’s system to protect you against subsequent infection or disease.
Our practice offers preventative immunisation/vaccination across all age groups:
• Young adults
• Older adults
All childhood vaccines on the National Immunisation Schedule are free to all children in New Zealand
before they turn 18 years. All immigrant and visiting children can have free immunisations.
What is immunisation?
Immunisation is one of the best ways to protect your child against many serious diseases. It works by using a vaccine to stimulate your baby’s immune system.
Babies are born with some natural immunity to certain infections because antibodies are passed on to them from their mother before birth. Breast-fed babies get additional antibodies from their mother’s milk. However, this immunity does not last long. Babies and children need immunisation to provide ongoing protection from many life-threatening diseases.
When should your child be immunised?
Immunisation starts at 6 weeks old. This allows your baby to start developing protection as soon as possible when the natural immunity from their mother begins to wear off.
The 6 week injection needs to book to see the doctor first and then the Immunisation nurse.
All other immunisations can booked directly with the immunisation nurse.
View table as a pdf - click here.
For more information on Child Immunisation click here.
Free Gardasil vaccine for HPV
Now available for girls and boys aged 9 to 26 years old.
Please enquire with your GP or nurse for further details.
Shingles is an infection of an individual nerve and the skin surface that is supplied by the nerve; it is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
If you are aged between 65-80 years old the shingles vaccination is free of charge – please ask your doctor or nurse about this. One dose provides lifetime immunity.
Anyone who has recovered from Chickenpox, child or adult, can get shingles.