Growing up as children we are exposed to thousands of germs, some of which can potentially cause illness. Immunisation is the most effective way to actively protect children and other vulnerable people in our community from preventable diseases, ranging from whooping cough, tetanus and hepatitis B to meningitis and measles.
When a child is immunised, their body's immune system is stimulated to protect against these diseases. It is important to understand that the risk from any of these diseases far outweighs any risk associated with vaccination. To read further reliable information about immunisation and vaccines see:
For children to develop good immune protection against a range of serious diseases there is a comprehensive schedule of immunisations (including boosters) that must be given over time.
The Ministry of Health recommends that all children are immunised against:
Go to recommended child immunisations for more information.
Influenza vaccination is also recommended and FREE for children who have chronic conditions, for example asthma. Click here for further information.
HPV Vaccination is free for girls and young women born on or after 1 January 1990. It is available through public health nurses in schools in Year 8 (12-13yr olds) in Northland, or from family doctors and Family Planning clinics. HPV vaccination aims to protect young women from HPV infection and the risk of developing cervical cancer later in life. Currently, around 150 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 60 women die from it each year in New Zealand.
Please visit following links for further info: Ministry of Health, IMAC
In addition, a booster tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap or Boostrix®) is offered to all children at age 11 years (Year 7). In Northland this is offered through public health nurses in schools or by your family doctor.
Do you have more questions? Your family doctor, nurse or public health nurse are good sources of information and advice. You can also read more on http://www.immune.org.nz/frequently-asked-questions or call the freephone at the Immunisation Advisory Centre 0800IMMUNE (0800 486863), 9am-4.30pm weekdays.