Immunisation protects your child against a range of serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Immunisation on time is the most effective way to protect pregnant mums, babies and children from preventable disease. Immunisations begin when your child is 6 weeks old. Immunisations on the national immunisation schedule are free in New Zealand for babies, children and young people until their 18th birthday.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation in girls and boys helps prevent cervical and other cancers caused by HPV. HPV immunisation is free for everyone from 9 years of age until before their 27th birthday.
All children from 6 months of age can benefit from yearly flu immunisation. It is especially important for children with certain long-term health conditions. It's also important for women in pregnancy.