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Immunisations

Vaccines stimulate the body’s system to protect you against subsequent infection or disease.

Dodson Medical offers preventative immunisation/vaccination across all age groups


• Childhood
• Young adults
• Older adults
• Pregnant Women
• Influenza Vaccination

 

Childhood Immunisations

The New Zealand National Immunisation Schedule is a series of immunisations (including boosters) given at specific times between the ages of six weeks and twelve years. To get the best possible protection, have the immunisations on time, every time.

For more information on childhood immunisations click here.

 

Young Adults

HPV Vaccine (Gardasil) - funded from 11-26 years of age

The HPV vaccine protects against nine strains of human papillomavirus responsible for cervical and some other cancers, and genital warts.  Protection is long-lasting, so immunisation at age 11-12 protects well into adulthood. The HPV Vaccine is given as two injections, spaced out over at least six months, to those aged 14 or under.  Those beginning vaccination at age 15 or older will need three doses.

For more information on the HPV vaccine please click here.

 

Older Adults

Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax)

Shingles is a painful rash affecting a particular nerve. It is a long term effect of chickenpox many years after people recover from the disease. Shingles usually occurs in older people and lasts from 10 to 15 days. The nerve pain can last long after the rash disappears.

Shingles vaccine is free at age 65. Until 31 March 2020, anyone aged 66 to 80 inclusive is also eligible for a free shingles vaccine.

For more information on shingles and treatment options please click here.

 

Pregnant Women

Immunisation against influenza and whooping cough is important to help protect you and your unborn baby, and to pass your protection to your baby after they are born.

There is no charge for influenza vaccine or whooping cough (Boostrix) when you are pregnant.  

For more information regarding immunisation in pregnancy please click here.

 

Influenza Immunisation

Influenza – or the flu – is a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. Symptoms include fever, chills, aches, runny nose, a cough and stomach upset. Immunisation is your best defence against the flu.

All patients are encouraged to be immunised against Influenza each year.  An annual 'flu vaccine' is available from 1 April and can be given until December.  

The flu vaccine is free for all patients over 65 and for others with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of influenza, such as diabetes or heart disease.  For those not funded the cost is $37.00 (2019 fee).

For more information on influenza please click here.