It’s time to get serious about chickenpox.
From July 2017, the “chickenpox” (also known as varicella) vaccine Varilrix® will be included on the New Zealand National Immunisation Schedule.1,2
Does my child qualify for funded Varilrix?
From 1 July 2017, all children born on or after 1 April 2016 will be vaccinated with one dose of Varilrix at their 15-month visit.2 For previously unvaccinated children turning 11 years of age on or after 1 July 2017, who have not previously had a varicella infection, one catch-up dose is available from their GP.2
If your child was born before April 2016 (i.e. they are older than 15 months on 1 July 2017), they won’t qualify for funded vaccination until they are 11 years old by which time they will probably have already had chickenpox. For children who don’t qualify Varilrix can be purchased from their doctor.1,2
Varilrix will also be funded for a small number of high-risk people and their close contacts.1,2
Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional today about Varilrix and ensure your child is protected.
To find out more about chickenpox vaccination and hear about a NZ family’s experience with immunisation, please watch this video.