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At Doctors on Riccarton, children’s consultations are Free for under 6 years if they are enrolled and funded patients (see enrolment).

Well Child Checks and Childhood Immunisations

childrens healthDoctors on Riccarton actively supports well child checks and immunisations as a way of getting a healthy start to life and to protect the community from recurring epidemics. We offer the full range of recommended fully funded vaccinations on the childhood schedule. We also have chickenpox, Hepatitis A and rotovirus vaccines which are optional and are not funded.

The current childhood immunisation schedule sees vaccines given at 6 weeks, 3 months, 5 months, 15 months, 4 years and 11 years.

Free Well Child Checks are performed by your doctor and/or nurse when your child is 6 weeks, 3 months, 5 months and 15 months old. This is to ensure they are healthy and that their development is within the normal range. It is a good chance to discuss any concerns you have, especially for first time parents.

For more information on well child checks see http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/life-stages/child-health/well-child-services.

For more information on childhood immunisations see http://www.immune.org.nz.

2017 Immunisation Schedule Changes

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

From 1 January 2017, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation is funded for NZ residents aged 9–26 (inclusive) including boys and young men. For non-residents, HPV is funded for all those under 18 years old.

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are a group of common viruses spread through skin to skin contact. Some are sexually transmitted and can cause genital warts, and a range of types of cancer. There are more than 150 types of HPV, at least 14 of these are high-risk types linked to cancer, including cervical cancer.

For more information please click on the following link.

Chickenpox Vaccine (Varilrix)

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.

For more information on Chicken Pox click on the link.

B4 School Checks

This is a national programme aimed at providing a FREE health and developmental check for 4 year olds before they start school. The B4 School Check aims to identify and address any health, behavioural, social, or developmental concerns which could affect a child’s ability to get the most benefit from school, such as a hearing problem or communication difficulty.

All enrolled and funded 4 year old patients are eligible for this check. Your nurse will discuss this programme with you at your child’s 4 years immunisation visit.

For more information on B4 School Checks see http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/life-stages/child-health/b4-school-check.