Immunisation

Childhood immunisation coverage information from the National Immunisation Register (NIR) shows that in 2014, at the age of 8 months, 88.9% of Māori children had completed age-appropriate immunisations, compared with 91.9% of total New Zealand children. By 2 years of age, the coverage rates were 91.9% for Māori children and 92.8% for total New Zealand children. Further data are available from the NIR at National and DHB immunisation data.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation is free for all girls and young women up to their 20th birthday living in New Zealand. It protects young women from HPV infection and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a range of other HPV-related diseases later in life. The average HPV immunisation coverage rate (for completion of all 3 doses) for all girls born between 1997 and 2001 was 57.5%; the coverage rate was higher for Māori girls (63.4%). More information about the programme can be found at HPV immunisation programme.

Back to top