Extra immunisations for children and adults
Extra free immunisations are available for those at high-risk. Some vaccines can also be purchased for extra protection and for overseas travel.
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- Free immunisations for tamariki and adults at high risk
- Extra vaccines you can pay for
- If you’re travelling overseas
Free immunisations for tamariki and adults at high risk
Additional free vaccines are available for tamariki and adults who are at higher risk of some diseases due to specific living situations, or certain medical conditions (such as a weakened immune system).
Ask your doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider what extra free immunisations you or your child may need. Extra vaccines include:
- tuberculosis (for tamariki under 5 years old)
- hepatitis A.
Extra vaccines you can pay for
If you, or your tamariki, are not eligible for free immunisations, some can be purchased – for example, meningococcal, hep A, and flu vaccines.
An extra chickenpox dose is also available at a cost.
Talk to your doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider about whether extra protection is a good idea and how much it would cost.
If you’re travelling overseas
If you’re travelling overseas, you should check you’re up to date with routine vaccinations – in particular measles, hepatitis B, and tetanus.
Depending on where you are travelling to, you may also need to be immunised against other diseases such as yellow fever, rabies, cholera, hep A and typhoid.
Before travelling, check with your doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider to see if extra vaccinations are needed for the areas you’re travelling to. There will be a cost for these. You can also check the following websites: