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Immunisation can protect people against harmful infections, which can cause serious complications, including death. It is one of the most effective, and cost-effective medical interventions to prevent disease.
Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections. When an immunised person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond to prevent them developing the disease.
A selection of the vaccines which can prevent these diseases are included in the National Immunisation Schedule.
Common side-effects of immunisation are redness and soreness at the site of injections and mild fever. While these symptoms may be upsetting at the time, the benefit is protection from the disease. More serious reactions to immunisation are very rare.
29 November: Updates have been sent to GPs on OxyElite supplements, Newborn enrolment, Immunisation Week 2014, Changes to Immunisation Schedule, MERS-CoV, Pertussis and Meningococcal updates. (PDF, 306 KB)
25 October: Updates have been sent to GPs on Possible link between OxyElite Pro and acute non-viral hepatitis, Catch-up immunisation for 16 and 17 year-olds, Reminder about immunisations for travellers, Pertussis (Whooping cough) Update, Meningococcal Disease Update, Electronic recording of Tdap information onto the NIR and In the Loop Revision (Word, 247 KB)
26 September: Updates have been sent to GPs on Newborn enrolment with general practice, Pertussis, Meningococcal disease, Novel coronavirus Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) (Word, 233 KB)
23 August: Updates have been sent to GPs on Influenza A(H7N9) Notification, Vaccine Returns, Reimbursement and Rates; Claiming for children who are re-immunised following chemotherapy; Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update; MERS-CoV Update; Infant formula recall (PDF, 111 KB)
In this section
- Information on cold chain management and the national cold chain management documents. Read more
- The National Immunisation Schedule is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. Read more
- Girls and young women are eligible to participate in New Zealand’s human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation programme up until their 20th birthday. Read more
- This section provides links to documents and papers which informed the Ministry's recent decisions regarding immunisation. Read more
- Immunisation coverage is the percentage of children who have received all of the immunisations on the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule for their age. Read more
- The National Immunisation Register (NIR) is a computerised information system that has been developed to hold immunisation details of New Zealand children. Read more
- Immunisation eLearning is a unique website designed to help midwives, undergraduate nurses and childbirth educators to quickly and easily find useful information and resources about immunisation in New Zealand. Read more
- Publications relating to immunisation in New Zealand. Read more
- Useful links relating to immunisation in New Zealand and overseas. Read more
- Updates relating to immunisation in New Zealand. Read more