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There has been a significant increase in the number of pertussis cases reported in the last four weeks, compared to the same period in 2016. Pertussis epidemics occur regularly every three to five years,  so we expect this to be the early stages of an epidemic and rates are likely to continue to increase.  Young babies are at highest risk of severe disease and the main focus is on protecting them. Check out our hot topic.

Get your calendars out and start planning! We've published all vaccinator training courses for 2018- you can book now. See the Education and Training page for details.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) is a nationwide organisation based at The University of Auckland.

We provide New Zealanders with independent, factual information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits and risks of immunisation. We also provide training for health professionals, national immunisation coordination and policy advice and research.

For questions about immunisation and vaccination-preventable diseases you can call us free on: 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863), weekdays 9am-4.30 pm, or contact us.

 This section provides some guidance around informed decisions and choosing sources of information.

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There are a number of diseases that, in most cases, can be prevented through protection from timely immunisation. 

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Vaccines help the immune system to recognise diseases, and fight them. Like any medication, vaccine safety has to proven before used.

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IMAC is committed to supporting the immunisation information and training needs of all health professionals.

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Chickenpox: Disease and vaccine information
Chickenpox: Disease and vaccine information