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Immunising your toddler

At 15 months, immunisations are given for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Hib (haemophilus infuenzae type b vaccine) and pneumococcal disease. These immunisations are free to all children and help protect your child against these diseases. Read more about diseases we immunise against.

In New Zealand, most people choose to immunise their children. However, dangerous outbreaks of diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough still occur because not enough people are fully immunised.

Having an injection isn’t fun, but most toddlers get over it quickly. Ways you can help your toddler cope include:

  • making the appointment early in the day so that your toddler is not tired
  • planning a calm day
  • taking a favourite toy
  • talking calmly and distracting them at the time of the injection.

Side effects and reactions

The injections can make some children unsettled. Your doctor may recommend giving them liquid paracetamol for this. Check the right dose for your child’s age and weight with your health professional. A relaxing bath can also help if your child is unsettled.

Some children may get a rash or fever about 6–7 days following the measles injection and it can last for several days. If your child has a fever, refer to the illness information on caring for a child with a high temperature. If you’re worried about your child, contact a doctor.

For further information on Immunisations refer to your Well Child Tamariki Ora Health Book or freephone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863). For help and advice call PlunketLine 0800 933 922, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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