Prevention of infectious diseases through immunisation

Community and Public Health is committed to encouraging immunisation amongst New Zealanders. Our main focuses are promoting the benefits of vaccination programmes, and certifying the authorised and yellow fever vaccinators that provide this valuable service.

Some Reasons Why Vaccination is Important

Boy flexes his muscles to show how strong he is Community and Public Health is an advocate for vaccination programmes because immunisation helps prevent against many diseases. Immunisation uses the body’s immune system to build resistance to specific infections.

An immunised individual helps protect the rest of the population by decreasing the possibility of a disease spreading. This is important for vulnerable people like infants, the elderly and people with impaired immune systems. However, this effect only occurs if enough people are vaccinated and is known as ‘herd immunity’.

New Zealand has a low child immunisation rate compared to other countries. This results in regular outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases every few years. The Ministry of Health has a specific target of 95 percent of infants aged eight-months will have completed their primary course of immunisation on time (six weeks, three months and five months immunisation events).



Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


Contact the Communicable Disease staff at your local office for further information:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6484

Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091

Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169

For questions on immunisation and vaccination-preventable diseases, call:

0800 466863
9am – 4.30pm weekdays

Year 7 and 8 Immunisation Videos

Both boys and girls are offered free immunisations at around age 11 against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis), and at around age 12 against human papillomavirus (HPV).

These immunisations are provided by general practices in Canterbury. Other parts of the South Island provide Year 7 immunisation through general practice and Year 8 at school.

Watch videos from the Ministry of Health that explain these Year 7 and 8 immunisations.

Year 8 Protect against most HPV cancers.

Page last updated: 25/06/2019

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