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Immunise for protection against serious illness

It’s Immunisation Week this week. Immunisation provides protection for our families and communities against a range of communicable diseases, and is considered to be one of the most cost-effective public health interventions.

The Fono encourages all parents to immunise. Immunisation Week is about raising awareness about the importance of immunisation to protect against serious illnesses. The theme of the 2016 Immunisation Week is ‘protecting baby begins at pregnancy’.

Immunisations begin when your child is 6 weeks old. Getting your baby vaccinated at the recommended times will give them the best protection against disease.

Immunisations are free to all children in New Zealand, and help to protect against 11 serious diseases:

  1. Diptheria            
  2. Hib (haemophilus influenza type b)
  3. Tetanus               
  4. Rotavirus
  5. Whooping cough (pertussis)      
  6. Pneumococcal disease
  7. Polio     
  8. Measles
  9. Hepatitis B         
  10. Mumps
  11. Rubella

It is not too late to immunise your child if they have fallen behind on getting their shots.

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