Health professionals are invited to visit www.influenza.org.nz to read the latest information on the Influenza Immunisation Programme 2018, read the online version of the Flu Kit Booklet, download the funded influenza vaccine order form to place pre-season vaccine orders, and to order Programme resources as soon as they become available.
HBvaxPRO® 5 mcg and 10 mcg strength vaccines are currently out of stock
Stock is not expected to be available until early 2019.
Engerix®-B 20 mcg/mL is the funded hepatitis B vaccine for:
Children and young adults aged under 18 years, to catch-up missed doses of vaccine, or who are considered not to have achieved a positive serology and require additional vaccination.
Adults aged 18 years or older who meet the 'special groups' eligibility criteria.
There has been a significant increase in the number of pertussis cases reported in the last four weeks, compared to the same period in 2016. Pertussis epidemics occur regularly every three to five years, so we expect this to be the early stages of an epidemic and rates are likely to continue to increase. Young babies are at highest risk of severe disease and the main focus is on protecting them.
Vaxxed is a film directed by Andrew Wakefield, the former British gastroenterologist who published fraudulent research that claimed the MMR vaccine caused autism. The film is based on claims that unfavourable safety data on the MMR vaccine was covered up by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The content of the film has been widely discredited by the global medical and scientific communities.
Varilrix vaccine eligibility from 1 July
Varilrix on the routine Immunisation Schedule - One dose
Children born on/after 1 April 2016 will be eligible to receive one funded varicella vaccine dose when they turn 15 months
Children born on/after 1 April 2016 who have previously received one purchased varicella vaccine dose are eligible for one funded dose.
Ensure the purchased varicella vaccine dose as administered a minimum of 4 weeks earlier before administering the Schedule Varilrix and M-M-R II doses.
Gardasil® and Gardasil®9 are fully interchangeable from 1 January 2017. Download the updated fact sheet below to find answers to frequent HPV vaccine questions including:
Gardasil and Gardasil9 interchangeability
Vaccine administration schedules