Vaccine preventable diseases

 

 

Key points about diseases that can be prevented by vaccination

  • Vaccines stimulate your immune system to protect your body from diseases. This process is known as immunisation.
  • This page provides a list of the diseases that can be prevented by being vaccinated.
  • These diseases can cause serious, and sometimes fatal, complications. Vaccination is the best protection against them.
  • Although vaccination may not always stop the disease, it can reduce the severity of the disease and the risk of getting complications.
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The following is a list of vaccine preventable diseases. These diseases can cause serious, and sometimes fatal, complications. Vaccination is the best protection against them. Vaccination may not always stop the disease, but it can reduce the severity of the disease and the risk of getting complications. Click on the following links for more information about each disease. 

Standard childhood vaccinations Targeted vaccines

Available free to all children under 18 years (some have age limits).

Available free to certain high-risk groups, but other people can pay for these vaccines through their healthcare provider if they want them.

If you don't know whether you or your tamariki have missed any vaccinations, talk to your healthcare provider. They can check and together you can plan how to ‘catch-up’ on any vaccinations.

See what vaccinations are needed for tamariki and recommended for adults(external link). Create a personalised immunisation schedule(external link) by entering your tamariki’s date of birth. You can download or print a copy of the personalised schedule to show your healthcare provider.

Catching up on missed immunisations(external link) Immunise, NZ, 2023
Diseases(external link) The Immunisation Advisory Centre, NZ
Diseases and vaccines(external link) Ministry of Health, NZ

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