More ways to help protect your family

The National Immunisation Schedule provides free immunisations against some diseases. There are other vaccines you can buy that are worth considering.

PURCHASED VACCINES

CHILDREN

Babies from 6 weeks to 9 months

Meningococcal A, C, Y and W

Nimenrix®

Meningococcal B

Bexsero®

Approved for use from 8 weeks

Babies from 9 months, toddlers and children

Chickenpox (varicella)

One dose is funded from 12 months of age for children born 1 April 2016 or later.

Varilrix®

Meningococcal A, C, Y and W

Nimenrix® or Menactra®

Meningococcal B

Bexsero®

ADOLESCENTS

Non-immune adolescents

Chickenpox (varicella)

One dose is funded from 11 years to under 18 years of age for children born 1 July 2006 or later who have not had chickenpox disease or immunisation.

Varilrix®

Adolescents and young adults

Meningococcal A, C, Y and W

One dose of Menactra is funded for adolescents and young adults aged 13-25 years inclusively who are entering or living in a boarding school hostel, tertiary education halls of residence, military barrack, or prison.

Nimenrix® or Menactra®

Meningococcal B

Bexsero®

ADULTS

Non-immune adults

Chickenpox (varicella)

Varilrix®

People aged 27 or older

Human papillomavirus (HPV) cancers and genital warts

Adults who commenced a course of funded HPV vaccine can complete the course at any age.

Gardasil®9

People aged 50 or older

Shingles (herpes zoster)

One dose is funded for adults aged 65 years on/after 1 April 2018.

Zostavax®

People aged 65 or older

Influenza

An older adult could purchase Fluad® instead of receiving their free Afluria® Quad influenza immunisation. An extra ingredient in Fluad® may help some older adults develop a stronger immune response against influenza when compared with the Afluria Quad vaccine.

Fluad®

Pneumococcal pneumonia

Prevenar 13®

Pneumovax®23

Adults with chronic respiratory disease

Pneumococcal pneumonia

Prevenar 13®

Pneumovax®23

Whooping cough (pertussis)

Adacel® or Boostrix®

PEOPLE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH NEWBORN BABIES

Family & health professionals

Whooping cough (pertussis)

One dose of Boostrix is funded for parents/caregivers of babies in neonatal intensive care under certain circumstances, and adults aged 65 years.

Adacel® or Boostrix®

Family & health professionals

Influenza

Refer to influenza.org.nz for influenza vaccine brands

Non-immune close contacts

Chickenpox (varicella)

Varilrix®

ADULTS AT GREATER RISK OF SOME DISEASES

For example, occupation-related risk, intravenous drug users, men who have sex with men

Human papillomavirus (HPV) cancers and genital warts

Adults who commenced a course of funded HPV vaccine can complete the course at any age.

Gardasil®9

Hepatitis A

Avaxim® or Havrix®

Hepatitis B

Engerix®-B

Hepatitis A & B

Twinrix®

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