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Update on Varilrix vaccine supply

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Update on Varilrix vaccine supply

23 May 2013: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) confirmed today that normal supplies of the Varilrix vaccine for the chickenpox virus will be available again within two weeks.
“Demand for the vaccine is uncharacteristically high compared with the usual requirements for this time of year. We believe that this has been driven mainly by recent media coverage around the importance of parents considering vaccinating against chickenpox. Winter is also the start of ‘chicken pox season’, so some increase is expected due to winter approaching” says Anna Stove, General Manager of GSK New Zealand.
“We apologise for any difficulties that may have been caused by this interruption in supply and are air-freighting in new stock to have the vaccine available again as soon as possible.”

The new stock will be available within a fortnight.

Children can be vaccinated against the disease at any time from nine months of age and older.1 Parents are advised to speak with their doctor or practice nurse if they need to reschedule any chickenpox vaccinations.


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