Immunisation is one of the best ways to protect your child against many serious diseases. It works by using a vaccine to stimulate your baby’s immune system.

The World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health recommend that you immunise your children.

Immunisation is your choice – if you have questions or would like more information, you can:

  • talk to your family doctor, nurse, lead maternity carer or Plunket nurse
  • look up immunisations in your baby’s Well Child Tamariki Ora book
  • refer to the Ministry of Health's guide for parents
  • call the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) or visit

Childhood diseases

The New Zealand Immunisation Schedule

The National Immunisation Schedule is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies, children, adolescents and adults.

The schedule is listed on the Ministry of Health's website here.

The National Immunisation Register

The National Immunisation Register (NIR) is a computerised information system that has been developed to hold immunisation details of New Zealand children. Learn more about the NIR here.