Immunisation

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.

 

Mother holding her baby who is receiving a vaccination from a doctor

Protect your whānau. Immunise on time. Vaccine preventable diseases are serious and sometimes deadly. Watch some short videos.

Immunisation remains a priority for whānau during all COVID-19 alert levels. You can  protect your child against serious diseases like whooping cough and measles. 

The Australian and New Zealand governments support the use of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in breastfeeding women. 

A series of 10 short videos answering your questions about immunisation. Hastings mum and doctor, Dr Kiriana Bird, answers some common questions parents and whānau have about immunisation. If you're concerned about immunisation, knowing the facts can help you feel more confident about immunising your child.

Immunisation on time is the most effective way to protect pregnant mums, babies and children from preventable disease.

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. 

Aged 15 to 30? Areare mai ngā taringa e hoa mā! Listen up! Measles is a serious disease that can make you very sick. It doesn't take much to start an outbreak - BUT there is something we can all do to reduce the risk and keep our whānau safe! Awhikiritia tō tinana! Get immunised! 

Measles is a serious disease and very easy to catch. Make sure your kids are immunised against measles. Talk to your family doctor or practice nurse.  

Mumps is very easy to catch. Immunisation given on time is the only way to prevent mumps.

Immunisation protects against rotavirus - a common tummy bug that children catch easily. Rotavirus causes vomiting and diarrhoea (runny, watery poo/tūtae).

Tetanus is a life-threatening condition caused by bacteria in the soil. Tetanus usually develops after a 'dirty' wound but can develop after small or even unnoticed injuries. Only immunisation can prevent tetanus.

The best way to protect your baby against whooping cough is to immunise them on time.

Watch videos of young babies affected by whooping cough. They show just how severe the disease can be.