Vaccines therapeutic group review
PHARMAC made significant changes to funded vaccines that will benefit a further 100,000 people each year. Changes that took effect in 2016/17 included:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine – This is now available to all children and adults up to the age of 26 years. Boys are now also included in the HPV school vaccination programme.
- Influenza (flu) vaccine – Pregnant women and people aged 65 years and over can now get a funded flu vaccine from pharmacists who are trained vaccinators.
- Chickenpox vaccine – Available to all children at 15 months, as part of the childhood Immunisation Schedule from 1 July 2017. The chickenpox vaccine is available to all eligible children, approximately 60,000 each year.
Last updated: 21 November 2017