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New Zealand Immunisation Schedule

The National Immunisation Schedule is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. View the schedule of vaccines as at 1 January 2017.

Immunisation Handbook 2014

Click here to download the Immunisation Handbook 2014 - 3rd edition, December 2016

BCG immunisation

Due to a worldwide shortage of the BCG vaccine, a temporary cessation of the BCG vaccination programme for children aged < 5 years is in place until further notice. 

For more information visit the Ministry of Health website.

Neonates and infants under the age of 5 years are eligible for BCG immunisation if they meet the criteria. All newborn and infants must have an eligibility form completed at birth by their Lead Maternity Carer and emailed directly to Regional Public Health. You can also fax the completed form to Regional Public Health at 04 473 5726.

See this link for BCG vaccine information for health professionals (includes eligibility flow chart, list of countries with tuberculosis incidence of ≥ 40 per 100,000 population, and vaccine contrainications).

A copy of the eligibility/consent form is provided below.

Cold chain management

The Ministry of Health recently revised and updated it's national cold chain management documents. Each provider/clinic or hospital department storing and/or administering vaccines is to be familar and compliant with the following documents.

HPV immunisation programme

From 1 January 2017, HPV immunisation is free for everyone aged between 9 to 26 years inclusive. Year 8 students are eligible for the school based programme. The immunisation is also available from GP practices.

Non-resident males and females must receive their first HPV vaccine before they turn 18 years to complete the funded course of HPV vaccination.

Further useful information

Visit the Ministry of Health website for further information on immunisation.