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Notice re BCG tuberculosis vaccination availability

There is an ongoing worldwide shortage of BCG vaccine which is affecting New Zealand and many other countries.

The current limited supply of BCG vaccine in New Zealand was used up by 31 May.
The vaccine distributor Seqiris is unable to provide an estimate of when new BCG vaccine will become available in New Zealand.

From 1 June 2016 we are suspending all BCG vaccinations within the greater Waikato region until further notice. BCG referrals and BCG eligibility assessment forms do not need to be completed until further notice.

A waiting list is not possible as vaccine supplies are unlikely to be replenished in 2016.

We are in regular contact with PHARMAC, the Ministry of Health and Seqiris, and will advise you when more information becomes available.

What is the BCG vaccine?

  • The BCG vaccine is an injection given to children who have a higher risk of catching TB.
  • The BCG vaccine helps your child’s immune system fight the germs that cause TB and helps stop them from getting serious TB disease.
  • The BCG vaccine is FREE for children under five years of age who have a higher risk of catching TB.

 

Information for health professionals issued 16 June 2016

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