Mother holding her sleeping baby

From 1 March 2023, babies and children can get free protection from meningococcal B disease with the MenB (Bexsero) vaccine. 

Parents with their baby in hospital with a doctor

The best way to protect pēpi against whooping cough is to immunise them on time. Whooping cough immunisation during pregnancy is safe, free and protects pēpi in their first weeks of life.

Child with measles rash on body

Measles can be very dangerous and spreads faster than almost any other disease. Make sure your kids are immunised against measles. Talk to your family doctor or practice nurse.  

A person's legs with gumboots shown walking through flooding

Following a traumatic event like a natural disaster, it is normal for children, teenagers and adults to have strong feelings, reactions, and changes in behaviour. Children learn from their parents’ responses, as well as what they see and hear in the media.

Little child, boy, hugging his mother and a teddy bear

Children think deeply about things, but might not always have the words or skills to describe how they are feeling following a traumatic event (including natural disasters like flooding and earthquakes). Find out how you can help them and discover some resources about how to talk to kids about trauma. Updated with resources to support tamariki through flooding and cyclones. 

A woman holding a bottle or paracetamol

Paracetamol is a medicine to help reduce pain. Too much paracetamol can harm your child. Always measure doses exactly and check the strength - there are different strengths. Find out about the latest changes in the funded brands of paracetamol.