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, most recently, meningococcal B meningitis.
Babies are routinely immunised for tetanus, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis B and haemophilus, which are now combined in one injection. Injections are normally be done by specially qualified nurses or doctors, having ensured beforehand that the child is not ill or suffering from allergies. Each child has his or her own document to keep a record of these injections. The immunisation record will need to be shown, for example, when starting school. The staff will also record the immunisation details on New Zealand's 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, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and Shingles Vaccine are now included in the immunisation programme. These injections are free and the influenza vaccine is provided free for many groups. Patients can also request chicken pox, TB and travel vaccines but since these carry no government subsidy, you will have to pay for them.
Reactions to immunisation are rare following improvements in vaccine research and production.
For more information click on the following link http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation
At Auckland Central Medical we strongly advise all our patients to be fully immunised.
Wendy Rogers is our our fully qualified nurse whi is also a qualified vaccinator and we can discuss any queries you may have.