Immunisations work by making your baby’s immune system respond to the vaccine the same way it would to these diseases, but without the serious effects of the actual diseases.
Immunisations are offered free from your GP doctor. They help protect against 11 serious diseases.
Ask Plunket staff or your doctor for an immunisation schedule if you do not have one. The first immunisations are usually given when your baby is 6 weeks old, then at 3, 5 and 15 months and 4 years. Having all the immunisations is important for the best chance of strong protection.
For more information see the Plunket website http://www.plunket.org.nz/your-child/newborn-to-6-weeks/health-and-daily-care/immunisation/or the Ministry of Health websitehttp://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/immunisation