Immunisation for babies and children is free from GPs in New
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It's important to immunise on time, every time, starting at 6
weeks of age, to give babies and children the best protection.
Immunisation in New Zealand is recommended at 6 weeks, 3 months,
5 months, 15 months, 4 years, 11 years and 12 years (girls only).
View the Immunisation Schedule to see which ones
are given when.
If you think your child might have missed one or some of their
immunisations, talk to your GP or practice nurse. You can usually
If your child is sick when the immunisation is due, check with
your GP or practice nurse if it can still happen.
Immunisation is the most effective way to actively protect your
family from 12 serious preventable diseases, such as whooping
cough, tetanus and measles - diseases that can kill.
No question is too silly. Free phone line 0800
IMMUNE (0800 466 863) to talk to health professionals at the
Immunisation Advisory Centre, which is part of Auckland
Give your child the best protection possible against preventable
disease and immunise. Talk to your GP or practice nurse today.
After ensuring that people have sufficient food, access to clean
water and adequate housing; immunisation is one of the most
effective ways of protecting and improving the health of the
This remains as true today as it has been over the last
century. Improving living conditions and health services can
reduce the impact of infectious diseases; only immunisation can
eradicate them, examples are the eradication of smallpox and
significant progress in eradicating polio.
All children in New Zealand should be vaccinated
against eleven potentially serious diseases:
The Ministry of Health's recommended child immunisations help to
protect children from these diseases. All scheduled childhood
immunisations are given free to children under 16 years of age.
Being vaccinated provides personal protection and for some
diseases, if a sufficient proportion of children are immunised,
also reduces the risk of outbreaks. Generally this needs
around 90 - 95% of children to be immunised.
For more information on immunisation,
April 29, 2016