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.

National Immunisation Schedule

Get a personalised immunisation schedule for your child

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.

Extra immunisations for tamariki and whānau

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.

How to catch up on missed immunisations

Get a personalised immunisation schedule

Based on the National Immunisation Schedule, this handy tool shows what immunisations your child needs from 6 weeks to 13 years, and the dates due. It does not look at your child’s medical records, so your child may have had some vaccines already.

Use this as a general guide, and be aware that dates may vary depending on previous vaccination dates, or other clinical circumstances. Always consult your usual doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider about your child’s vaccinations.

Page last updated: 28 Jun 2023