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Chicken Pox Vaccine (Varilrix)- funding from July 1st

Posted by on 20 June 2017

From 1 July 2017, Varilrix will be funded for children born after 1 April 2016. It will be given as part of the 15 months immunisation schedule.

Under the NZ Immunisation Schedule, General Practices will also be giving catch up doses of Varilrix for those turning 11 years old after 1 July 2017. This means that if you turned 15 months before 1 April, 2016, you will not be receiving your FREE Chicken Pox Vaccine until you turn 11 years old. For this group of children, you can still receive the vaccine before you turn 11 years, but you will have to pay for it.

Currently, it is usual for a 2nd dose of the Chicken Pox vaccine to be given after a 6 week interval for optimal protection, but a 2nd dose will not be funded as part of the new Immunisation Schedule unless the patient is considered at "high risk". One dose is considered highly effective at protecting against moderate to severe cases of Chicken Pox. If you wish to give your child a 2nd dose, there is a charge.

The Chicken Pox vaccine can be given from 9 months. If you wish to give your child 2 chicken pox vaccines, they can be given a chargeable one from 9 months and then have a 2nd dose at 15 months for FREE.

For more information on Chicken Pox click on theĀ link.