New Zealand Immunisation Schedule

The New Zealand Immunisation Schedule lists the vaccines recommended for expectant mums and their babies, and outlines how to provide the best protection for your child when they're most at risk. 

It's important to follow the Schedule and start immunisations on time – the first immunisation is at six weeks old. 

This ensures your child is fully immunised and protected as soon as possible. It takes a few months, and repeated doses of a vaccine for your little one is needed to be fully protected. 

Below are just some of the diseases that vaccinations will help protect your child against: 

  • diphtheria 
  • tetanus 
  • polio 
  • whooping cough (pertussis)  
  • pneumococcal 
  • rotavirus 
  • haemophilus influenzae type b 
  • measles
  • mumps 
  • rubella 
  • chickenpox (varicella). 

Some diseases, like measles, are highly contagious and usually mild, but can lead to serious complications – even in healthy kids

New Zealand Immunisation Schedule

Ministry of Health

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The Government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of New Zealanders.

Where to get immunisations

Call your family doctor’s office to ask about immunisations and book an appointment for your child. 

Helping your child through an immunisation

Getting a vaccine can be scary for a little one, but it will easier for them with your support. Below are a few tips to help your child (and you) through the immunisation process: 

  • it may be easier for you and your child if you take a support person; this can be a whānau member or friend
  • try to keep as calm and relaxed as you can, even when your child becomes upset
  • bring something for your child to hold during the immunisation, like a stuffed animal or a blanket; you can also use it to help distract your child
  • hold your child firmly during the procedure, talk calmly and gentlstroke your child's arm or back
  • your child may cry briefly after the needle prick, this is their way of coping and you can help them by offering comfort
  • for babies, feed your child right after they receive their immunisation.

Questions about immunisation

You may have questions about why immunisations are recommended, or if there are any side effects. The Immunisation Advisory Centre has information and should be able to answer most of your questions. If you have any other questions you can talk to your GP, Plunket nurse or other Well Child provider, or call PlunketLine.  

Making an informed decision

The Immunisation Advisory Centre

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Provides information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits and risks of immunisation.

Need free support or advice?

Call PlunketLine 24/7 on 0800 933 922