Child Health

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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, 12 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 https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation/new-zealand-immunisation-schedule.

Unfunded Vaccines which are recommended

Meningitis and Hepatitis A are two diseases which occur in New Zealand and worldwide. These vaccinations are only funded by the New Zealand govenment in limited situations.

For best protection against all meningococcal disease in New Zealand, separate vaccinations against group B disease and groups A, C, Y and W disease are recommended.

https://www.immune.org.nz/diseases/meningococcal-disease

https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/medicines/m/meningococcal-vaccine

https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/h/hepatitis-a

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.