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 2017

Click here to download the Immunisation Handbook 2017

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).

Cold chain management

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

National Immunisation Regiser (NIR)

Regional Public Health administers the NIR for the Hutt Valley DHB area.

The NIR is a computerised information system that has been developed to hold immunisation details of New Zealand children. It enables authorised health professionals to quickly and easily find out what vaccines a child has been given (this includes children whose family has shifted to another area or changed healthcare providers). This will help to make sure immunisations are given at the appropriate time.

To advise us of any new doctors or nurses who have joined your practice, please fax (04) 570 9796 or email the name of the new staff member, their NZNC/NZMC number and their start date . This information is required to be able to load the provider onto the NIR and link them to your practice ID which enables their vaccinations to come through to the NIR.

For more information about the NIR visit the Ministry of Health website.

To contact the Hutt Valley DHB NIR administrator phone 04 570 9002 or fax 04 570 9796.

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

Last updated 27 July 2017.