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You and your whānau can be immunised against a wide range of infectious diseases at any of our clinics.
Many immunisations are free, including all the childhood vaccinations, like MMR, on the government’s free Immunisation Schedule.
All our clinics provide influenza (flu) vaccinations during the flu season, starting in April. Some people may be eligible for a free flu jab throughout the year, eg, pregnant women and people with asthma, COPD etc. Please check with your nurse or doctor
HPV – cervical cancer vaccine
A free cervical cancer vaccine is available for everyone, male and female, aged 9–26 years, including non-residents under the age of 18. The vaccine offers protection against human papilloma viruses (HPV) that can lead to cervical cancer. Males are vaccinated, too, so they cannot pass the virus onto females during sex. For more information, talk to your doctor or practice nurse.
Meningitis is a serious but uncommon brain infection. It can affect anyone at any age, but it’s more common in children under 5 years, teenagers and young adults. Students living in student accommodation may also be at higher risk. Meningitis can be caused by bacteria or viruses, but there are only vaccines against bacterial meningitis.
Shingles is a painful rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is more common in older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Vaccination can reduce your risk of getting shingles and the long-term pain it can lead to.