Shingrix (Varicella zoster, shingles vaccine)
MenQuadfi (Meningococcal ACWY vaccine)
Gardasil (Human papillomavirus HPV vaccine)
Shingrix is approved to prevent shingles and its complications (most commonly nerve pain). It is recommended for all adults aged from 50 years and is funded for adults at age 65 years. It is a non-live vaccine that is around 90% effective and is given as two doses, 2-6 months apart. Read more about shingles or book with the button above.
Vitamin B12 Injections
The vaccination is subsidised by the government if you are aged 65-years and over (or over 55-years and Maori or Pacific people), under 12-years (through your doctor), pregnant, have serious mental health or addiction needs or have an eligible health condition. If you aren’t eligible for a funded vaccine, you can still get your vaccine through pharmacy for a fee.
Immunity from the flu vaccine is expected to last for three to four months, so April to June are the best months to be vaccinated to allow the vaccine to work at it's peak during the flu season. As the immunity wears off and the strains of virus mutate each year, it is important that you have the flu vaccine each year. In 2023, we will be using the vaccine Afluria Quad.
COVID-19 booster vaccinations have now all been exhausted.
It can be given at the same time as your flu vaccine. Being up-to-date with your vaccinations gives you the best possible protection. This booster is funded and recommended for:
- Anyone who has completed a primary vaccination course (for most people, this is 2 doses);
- Aged 30 and over or at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- People who have allowed at least 6-months since their last COVID booster or infection.
With the speed the virus is mutating, the main benefit of vaccination now is to reduce severe disease and death in those most at risk. The 2023 booster is a bivalent vaccine, made of half the original strain in the Comirnaty vaccine and half omicron strain. It has very similar risks and side effects to the original vaccine. More information is available here.