Immunisation protects your child from serious diseases throughout life. The Ministry of Health supports immunisation. However, it is your choice whether or not to immunise your child.
Childhood immunisations are free
The vaccines your child should receive are listed on the New Zealand Immunisation Schedule.
Immunisations begin when your child is 6 weeks old. Getting your baby vaccinated at the recommended times will give them the best protection against disease.
Your family doctor or practice nurse will give the immunisations.
Immunisations will usually be given as injections in the arm or leg. Usually, two or three injections will be given at each visit. From 1 July 2017, four injections will be given at the 15 months visit. Rotavirus vaccine is given as drops of liquid in the mouth.
After the immunisation, your child may have a red or sore area around where the injection was given, or get a mild fever. If you have any concerns, call your doctor, practice nurse or Healthline (0800 611 116).
If you’re not sure whether your child has had all their immunisations, check with your doctor or nurse.
2019 Measles Outbreak in Auckland
People travelling to Auckland are encouraged to get their babies immunised against measles earlier at 12 months of age (instead of 15 months).
Getting the first Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination for babies at 12 months would help protect vulnerable infants travelling to Auckland from the measles infection.
Immunisation should be done at least two weeks before travelling to allow their immunity to develop. More information about measles
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