Healthy Baby

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I immunise my child?

The process of immunisation protects your child from some serious diseases that are in our community. By immunising against them, the likelihood of your child being affected by these diseases is dramatically reduced and if as a community we are vigilant, we may be able to eradicate these serious diseases just as happened with small pox.

Is immunisation compulsory?

No, it is not compulsory. It is however strongly advised that your child be immunised to prevent them from catching some serious diseases that are still around in our community.
Where should I go for my child’s immunisation?

You have a few choices. Your local Doctor, immunisation clinics, some hospitals and your local council. Ask your local Plunket nurse for some information.

What is the New Zealand National Immunisation Schedule (NIS)?

The National Immunisation Schedule (NIS) is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies, children, adolescents and adults in New Zealand. The National Immunisation Schedule is reviewed every two years.

Should I keep a record of my child’s immunisation?

All children will automatically have their immunisation details lodged with the New Zealand National Immunisation Register.

What is the New Zealand National Immunisation Register (NIR)?

The National Immunisation Register (NIR) has been set up to help improve the rate of childhood immunisations and the increase in the number of reported cases of preventable diseases. It records details of all vaccinations given to children who live in New Zealand. .

What if my child is sick when immunisation is due?

You should only delay immunisation if your child is very unwell, for example, has a fever of more than 38.5

For more information see Baby immunisation or Baby care