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Ministry of Health

Immunisation Coordination

The Importance of Immunisation

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Rubella

Tetanus

Good immunisation coverage protects a population against vaccine-preventable disease, disability, hospitalisations and national epidemics. This makes immunisation one of the most cost-effective public health interventions known. (World Health Organisation et.al. 2009)

It is an important component of both well child and adult preventive health services. Over the last century in New Zealand there has been a dramatic decline in vaccine-preventable diseases, much of it due to the effectiveness and quality of the National Immunisation Programme.

Most vaccinations are administered at a Doctors surgery and if they are on the national childhood programme they are free.

Influenza immunisation is free for those at high risk of complications, people aged 65 and over, and anyone under 65 years of age with long-term health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, (including asthma), kidney disease and most cancers. Pregnant women have also been included as studies have shown they are particularly susceptible to more severe outcomes from swine flu.

National Immunisation Register ( NIR)

What is the NIR?

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

Why do we need the NIR?

The NIR is a key tool that assists New Zealand to improve its immunisation rates. Improved immunisation coverage will offer individual protection against vaccine-preventable diseases and protection for the community against recurring epidemics.

The NIR enables authorised health professionals to quickly and easily find out what vaccines a child has been given (this will include children whose family has shifted or changed healthcare providers). This will help to make sure immunisations are given at the appropriate time. The NIR will also provide a more accurate record of immunisation coverage rates – regionally and nationally. This will enable better programme planning to target populations with the lowest immunisation rates.

Contact Details:

Phone: 0800 729 100

Please follow this link for more information on NIR

NZ Immunisation Schedule

New Zealand Immunisation Schedule HTML version

Resources:

Wendi Wolfen-Duvall - Health Education Resource Coordinator
Phone: 06 834 1815 ext 4162