When to immunise
Immunisations start when babies are 6 weeks old and continue into adulthood. Immunising at the recommended times gives the best protection.
Finding out what immunisations are due
Free immunisations recommended for tamariki and adults are listed on the National Immunisation Schedule. This is like a timetable that shows when each vaccine is due. Immunising at the recommended times gives best protection.
All vaccinations on the National Immunisation Schedule are free for children under 18 – it does not matter what their visa or citizenship status is. This includes visitors to Aotearoa New Zealand.
Lots of vaccines are also free for adults, including measles. Some you have to pay for if you do not meet certain criteria.
You may need to pay for extra vaccines that are not on the schedule (like travel vaccines). Check with your doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider when booking an immunisation if there is a cost.
If an immunisation has been missed – you can catch up
If any immunisations have been missed, it’s OK. You can catch up on most immunisations. For advice, talk to your doctor, nurse, or trusted healthcare professional.