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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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