Whangaparaoa Medical Centre

16 Wade River Rd, Arkles Bay,
Whangaparaoa 0932,
New Zealand


IMMUNISATIONS http://www.immune.org.nz/

Immunisation can protect people against harmful infections, which can cause serious complications, including death. It is one of the most effective, and cost­ effective medical interventions to prevent disease.

Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism, the immune response, to build resistance to specific infections. When an immunis\ed person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond to prevent them developing the disease.

Immunisations are provided at all primary care practices and are one of the most important services they provide. Immunisation has led to the decline of many lethal diseases including, most recently, meningococcal B meningitis.

A selection of the vaccines which can prevent these diseases is included in the National Immunisation Schedule.

Immunisations are given by a practice nurse, having ensured beforehand that the person is not ill or suffering from allergies. Risks associated with immunisation are very rare.

The National Immunisation Schedule offers a series of vaccines free to babies, children, adolescents and adults. Visit the Ministry of Health website to find out what vaccines are on the Schedule and when they are given. Additional vaccines are provided free for certain eligible groups considered to be at high risk because of other medical conditions; find out more click here . These and other vaccines such as travel vaccines can be purchased by other people if they want them.

Immunisation Advisory Centre free helpline 0800 IMMUNE {0800 466 863).