Wātaka Tuku Awhikiri ā-Motu National Immunisation Schedule

In Aotearoa New Zealand we have a National Immunisation Schedule. This sets out the free vaccines offered to pēpi, tamariki, teenagers and adults at certain times in their life.

Lots of vaccines are free

National Immunisation Schedule

Extra immunisations

Extra immunisations may be available for you or your tamariki. This includes free immunisations for those at high risk — including those in certain close-living situations.

Additional vaccines are available for extra protection and for overseas travel but there will be a charge for these.

Extra immunisations for tamariki and adults

Why some vaccines are available more than once

To be fully protected you sometimes need more than 1 dose of a vaccine.

When you are first vaccinated, your body learns how to fight off a particular bacteria or virus. Your second (and sometimes third or fourth) dose boosts your immune system so you will have stronger, and longer-lasting, protection.

Different vaccines protect you for different lengths of time. You sometimes need a booster vaccination to strengthen your immunity.

Some vaccines protect against more than 1 disease in a single vaccine

Some vaccines provide protection against more than 1 disease in a single vaccine. For example, the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is just 1 injection. This means fewer vaccination appointments and fewer injections.

It is not always possible to have a different vaccine if you want protection against only one of the diseases. Your immune system is used to dealing with thousands of viruses and bacteria every day — there are no safety concerns with having multiple vaccines at the same time.

Each vaccination on the schedule is timed for the best immune response and protection

The schedule is deliberately spaced to boost your child’s immunity. For the best protection against disease, immunise your tamariki at the recommended times. Not getting them immunised on time puts tamariki at greater risk of getting a serious disease.

Booking an immunisation appointment

If an immunisation has been missed

If any immunisations have been missed, it is okay. You can catch up on most immunisations. For advice, talk to your doctor, nurse, or trusted healthcare professional.

Catching up on missed immunisations

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