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Otago University Student Health

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Immunisation

Immunisations are provided at all primary care practices and are one of the most important services they provide. Immunisation has led to the decline of many lethal diseases including meningococcal B meningitis.

The National Immunisation Schedule offers a series of vaccines free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. Visit the Ministry of Health website http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation/new-zealand-immunisation-schedule to find out what vaccines are on the Schedule and when they are given.  Additional vaccines are provided free for certain eligible groups considered to be at high risk because of other medical conditions; find out more here http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation/new-zealand-immunisation-schedule. These and other vaccines such as travel vaccines can be purchased by other people if they want them.

Immunisations are given by a practice nurse or doctor, having ensured beforehand that the person is not ill or suffering from allergies. Risks associated with immunisation are very rare.

Children have their own document to keep a record of these injections. Under the age of 5 this is usually their Well Child/Tamariki Ora My Health Book. The immunisation record may need to be shown, for example, when starting school or early childcare. The staff will also record the immunisation details on New Zealand’s National Immunisation Register. This computerised information system holds details of all immunisations given to children here and will alert families when immunisations are due.

If you have access to our patient portal (Health365) you will be able to view the information we hold on your immunisations.

Please note we only have information that has been transferred from a previous practice. Please let us know when you visit if the information is incomplete.

We offer HPV vaccination if you have not already completed this course.

Meningitis vaccination is strongly recommended by the Ministry of Health for all students living in residential colleges

For more information please see our website - https://www.otago.ac.nz/studenthealth/healthtips/otago020552.html

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3 Walsh Street
North Dunedin
Dunedin
Otago 9016

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3 Walsh Street
North Dunedin
Dunedin
Otago 9016

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Student Health
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054

This page was last updated at 9:29AM on November 24, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Otago University Student Health.