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Gardasil 9 protects against five extra HPV types

Friday, 20 February 2015

Gardasil 9 is a new vaccine that protects against nine human papillomavirus (HPV) types, the same four types in Gardasil plus five additional types with cancer causing potential.

Protection against HPV types 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 in Gardasil 9 can prevent 20 percent more cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers than the Gardasil vaccine. Both Gardasil 9 and Gardasil protect against the potential cancer causing HPV types 16 and 18 and against genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11. Oral and anal cancers in men and women as well as cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers in women have been linked to infection with HPV types 16 and 18.

Gardasil 9 is currently only approved for use in the U.S.

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New resource - Vaccines for whole of life

Thursday, 29 January 2015

IMAC has a new poster about private purchase vaccines.

The National Immunisation Schedule provides free immunisations against some diseases. There are other vaccines you can buy that are worth considering. These will provide extra protection against other diseases not included in the Immunisation Schedule. This poster summarises these other vaccines available in New Zealand, excluding those for travel. Click here to view this new resource.

Please download and print your own copy, or your Immunisation Coordinator may have some available (see list of coordinators here).

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Meningococcal disease in New Plymouth

Friday, 3 February 2012

Taranaki health professionals and the public asked to be alert for the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease.

Two confirmed cases of meningococcal disease have been  reported this week.

“Both cases were in young adults residing in New Plymouth but there are no apparent links between them. These are the first cases since two were reported on the same day at the end of November 2011,“ says Dr Simmons.

Both cases are making a steady recovery. One has been confirmed as being caused by the group C meningococcal bacterium. Results on the other are awaited. Public health staff have identified close contacts of the cases and have offered them advice and preventative treatment.

Prompt treatment with antibiotics can prevent death or permanent disability. Dr Simmons is also urging doctors and others to keep a close eye on those who are unwell with flu-like symptoms, which can worsen rapidly.

“With the influenza season looming, it is important to remember that the early stages of meningococcal disease can appear as a flu-like illness. Meningococcal disease can progress very quickly. If an individual is sick, be vigilant and check them often. Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention without delay if your are concerned. If their condition worsens take them back to the doctor," said Dr Simmons.

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Have a Measles-Free Summer

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Visit the Measles-Free Summer campaign on Facebook.

The Ministry of Health launched a Measles-Free Summer social media campaign in partnership with Auckland Regional Public Health Service, Auckland DHBs and the Immunisation Advisory Centre on 18 January 2012. The message is that there's an easy way to avoid letting measles ruin summer and the fun it brings.

 

Visit the Measles-Free Summer page, click 'Like' and recommend the page to your friends. As new material is posted you'll get a message on your Facebook page.

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Children sing about on-time immunisation

Monday, 1 October 2012

Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service have children singing about immunisation on radio.

The current pertussis outbreak and the 2011-2012 measles outbreak in New Zealand draw attention to the importance of on time immunisation. Babies less than one year old are at highest risk of serious complications from whooping cough. For best protection against this disease babies need to have their 6 week, 3 month and 5 month immunisations at the recommended ages.

At 15 months of age children have their first opportunity to be protected against measles, mumps and rubella as well as to boost their protection against Haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcal diseases. Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service developed a novel radio advertisement to remind parents of the importance of the 15 month immunisation visit.

The radio advertisement begins with the sound of children's voices singing to the tune of 'Wheels on the bus' and ends with a reminder for parents to get on the bus or in the car and take their Kiwi kids for their 15 month immunisations.

At 4 years and 11 years of age children are offered booster immunisations.

It is never too late to catch up missed immunisations. Contact your Practice Nurse or GP to arrange an appointment.

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