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Virology

News item: Discussion on Zostavax

Since publication of our article on Zostavax vaccine in March, 2018, we have received feedback from several readers seeking clarification... View Article

April 2018

Seasonal influenza vaccination: update for 2018

Two subsidised seasonal influenza vaccines, Influvac Tetra (for adults and children aged three years and over) and Fluarix Tetra... View Article

March 2018

Zostavax vaccine: now fully subsidised

Zostavax is a herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine that will become fully subsidised from 1 April, 2018 for people aged 65 years.... View Article

March 2018

Hepatitis C: you can’t treat it if you don’t test for it

Approximately half of people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in New Zealand are unaware they have it. New medicines, known... View Article

August 2017

Treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) has changed

Three new oral medicine regimens for the treatment of hepatitis C, known as directly acting antivirals (DAAs), are fully subsidised... View Article

September 2016

Valaciclovir – a first line antiviral medicine

Valaciclovir is an antiviral medicine which can be used for the treatment of Herpes simplex infections and herpes zoster. As of... View Article

March 2016