Vaccine available free to NZ kids from June next year
2:10PM Sunday May 06, 2007

The government is to spend $68 million over the next four years for a life-saving vaccine for all New Zealand children.

The Meningitis Trust said today that after a year of hard work, the Ministry of Health had agreed for Prevenar vaccine to be available from June next year.

General manager Fiona Colbert said that Health Minister Pete Hodgson today agreed to put the pneumococcal vaccine on the free immunisation schedule for 2008.

"The vaccine gives children the best available defence against the deadly but preventable pneumococcal disease.

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