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From July 1, 2017, the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine will be funded for all children as part of the childhood immunisation schedule. For children born on April 1, 2016 or later, the free 15-month immunisation visit will include protection against chickenpox. Older children will also be offered a free immunisation at 11 years of age, if they haven’t had chickenpox or the vaccine before.
About 60,000 people in New Zealand catch chickenpox each year. Several hundred of them will need hospital treatment, and one or two people will either die or suffer from long-term disability. The chickenpox vaccine is used around the world and will help keep your family protected from a potentially serious disease.
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