National Immunisation Schedule Changes
Pharmac is extending the eligibility criteria from 1 January 2017 for HPV vaccine
From 1 January 2017 -
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
- Funded access will be extended to include males up to the age of 26 years inclusively and females aged 20-26 years inclusively, in addition to girls aged 9-20 years who are currently funded (Males and females aged 26 years must have their first HPV vaccine before they turn 27 years of age to be eligible to complete a funded course of HPV vaccines).
- A two dose regimen will be funded for those children aged 14 years and under.
- A three dose schedule will be funded for people aged 15-26 year inclusive.
- The 4 talent (Gardasil) HPV 4 vaccine will be replaced with the 9 talent (Gardasil 9) HPV 9 vaccine.
- Females who have started the three dose regimen of 4 talent Gardasil will be able to complete their remaining doses in 2017.
As with females, boys and young men may also be immunised free through our general practice.
For additional informaiton on the HPV vaccine, please see the below links to Ministry of Health website and the FAQ's from the Immunisation Advisory Centre (www.immune.org.nz) or speak to a nurse in clinic.