Outreach Immunisation Service
The HPHO Outreach Immunisation Service covers the Waikato DHB rohe addressing inequities in health by reaching all tamariki who for many reasons are unable to be immunised at their GP in a timely fashion. Some of these tamariki may not be enrolled with a GP. The OIS team provides advice and encourages parents to enrol their tamariki with a GP, to ensure continuity of care.
This service reduces the impact of vaccine preventable disease by increasing the coverage (National Target 95%) and reducing inequalities in the immunisation coverage. Opportunistic immunisations are completed for tamariki who are identified as having missed vaccines from the NZ Immunisation Schedule.
HPHO OIS provides co-ordination support for the other OIS providers (K’aute Pasifika, Te Kohao Health and Raukura Haurora O Tainui). We all work together to ensure timely immunisations for our tamariki.
The National Immunisation Schedule is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. A new vaccine to the schedule for 2018 is Varicella which immunise’s against chickenpox.
Chickenpox is uncomfortable, the disease appears to be worsening, some children will get it mild and recover quickly. Most children will need around a week to two weeks off school or early childhood education to recover and to avoid spreading disease.Chickenpox can lead to skin infections, and rarely, more serious complications like eye damage, inflammation (swelling) of the brain, pneumonia, kidney problems and sometimes death.Chickenpox during pregnancy can harm the baby and cause stillbirth.
Immunisation can protect people against harmful infections, which can cause serious complications, including death. Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism (the immune response) to build resistance in individuals and the community. Read more about the National Immunisation Schedule of free vaccinations on the Ministry of Health website.