Get immunised for winter
Are you and your whānau up-to-date with all your vaccinations?
Our borders are open and we have new flu variants here while we still have COVID-19. We are also expecting other diseases like measles and whooping cough (Pertussis) to come back so it is very important to be up-to-date with all your vaccinations.
Getting immunised is the best way to protect yourself, your whānau and community from catching and spreading these serious diseases. Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections.
Protect the ones you love so they can keep doing what they love
Get your Flu jab now before winter arrives. It’s free for anyone aged 65+, Māori and Pasifika 55+, as well as those with a health condition such as asthma or diabetes, pregnant women and children aged 4 years or under with a history of significant respiratory illness. You should get a flu vaccine each year as it is updated to protect against the latest strains of the virus.
It’s free for anyone aged 65+, Māori and Pasifika 55+, with a health condition such as asthma or diabetes, pregnant women, children aged 3-12 years, and people with serious mental health or addiction needs.
Are your tamariki protected? Check with your GP or your Well Child/Tamariki Ora My Health Book to see if your tamariki have had their full schedule of immunisations. Their FREE immunisations are due at 6 weeks, 3 months, 5 months, 12 months, 15 months, 4 years, 11 and 12 years.
Pregnant? Hapū māmā you can have free flu immunisations during your pregnancy to protect yourself and your pēpi when they are born.
The MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella) vaccine is a live weakened vaccine, so it is NOT safe to receive this vaccine while pregnant.
Are you MMR protected? If you’re aged 17-32 you may need a MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine to be up-to-date. You can have the vaccine now even if you’re not sure if you’ve had both doses.
It’s time to boost your whānau protection
If you or your whānau are due for a COVID-19 vaccination -first, second or a booster dose - get yours now. It's FREE and available for everyone aged 5 and over.
Had your COVID-19 booster? If you're aged 18+ you can get a booster 3 months after your second shot. If you're aged 16 or17 you can get your booster 6 months after your second dose.
If you have had COVID-19, it's recommended that most people wait 3 months after testing positive before getting any COVID-19 vaccination.
Tamariki (children) aged 5 to 11 will receive a children's (paediatric) version of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A second COVID-19 booster is now available for everyone 50+, and for health, aged-care and disability-care workers over the age of 30. The second booster can be taken once six months has passed since the first booster. It is recommended to wait three months since a COVID-19 infection before having another dose. Find out more here.
Check your immunisation schedule for all vaccines?
The National Immunisation Schedule is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies, children, adolescents and adults.
For more information visit New Zealand’s Immunisation Schedule, contact your GP or local pharmacy, or Freephone 0800 220 250.
Where to go for your vaccination?
You can get your vaccinations from participating pharmacies, GP practices or a community health provider.
Our mobile vaccination clinics are also offering free flu vaccines to everyone eligible, including children 3-12 years, MMR vaccinations to anyone aged 3+ (please take younger children to your GP), and COVID-19 vaccinations for 5+.