Protecting you, your family and the community
Immunisations offer protection for you, your family and your community.
Flu Vaccinations are now available at Highland Park Medical, book yours today
Influenza (Flu) can affect anyone, no matter how fit, active and healthy they may be, and the best protection against influenza is immunisation. Influenza( Flu) causes deaths each year in NZ. The Flu vaccine is FREE for adults over 65 years AND for people of all ages with certain ongoing medical conditions such as heart disease and asthma. It is also FREE and recommended for pregnant women.
The Flu vaccination is recommended for ages from 6 months of age.
Other Immunisations available to protect your family’s health.
Immunisation for Children
There is a comprehensive FREE vaccination programme for children from 6 weeks to 11 years of age as recommended by the Ministry of Health National Immunisation Schedule.
Chicken Pox Immunisation
The chicken pox immunisation is available for children 1 years and over and is shown to be 98% effective for the prevention of chicken pox. This is not publicly funded.
BUT Immunisations for protection are not just for young children.
The Ministry of Health recommends booster vaccinations at age 45 and 65. A booster is also recommended if you are traveling to certain countries or have a job with high risk of exposure.
Shingles is caused by the chicken pox virus and is most common in the over 50 years age group. This is not a publicly funded vaccination.
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes two very serious illnesses: meningitis (an infection of the membranes that cover the brain) and septicemia (blood poisoning) Immunisation is recommended for young adults or others living in hostel stations or similar close living situations and those traveling to certain parts of the world. This is not a publicly funded vaccination.
Immunisation is available to girls and young women to help protect from cervical cancer and other cancers that are caused by HPV infection. Available FREE for girls and young women up to the age of 19 years of age.
Immunisation is also recommended for boys and young men to protect against cancers caused by the HPV virus. This immunisation is currently not publicly funded for boys and young men.
Whooping cough is a highly infectious bacterial infection spread by coughing and sneezing and can prove fatal especially in very young children. On time vaccination as part of the FREE children’s programme is the best way to protect babies and infants. Adults in close contact with a baby or young children should strongly consider a booster shot.
For more information go to the Immunisation Advisory Centre www.immune.org.nz , and the Ministry of Health www.health.govt.nz.