Immunisation for babies and children is free from GPs in New Zealand.

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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 catch up.

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 University.

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 population.

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. 

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Last updated: May 25, 2017