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Hawea/Wanaka area is experiencing an outbreak of whooping cough/pertussis with 14 confirmed and two probable cases identified between 27 July and 6 August.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil 9 (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp).

The Vaccine Safety Network (VSN) features our own website in their inaugural newsletter.

A systematic review in Paediatrics examined the safety of routine vaccines for children in the US


The latest anti-immunisation Facebook claims about Gardasil being a huge scam are just a rehash of an old 2009 story published as 'news' by a British tabloid.

The Syrian Arab Republic, polio-free since 1999, have confirmed cases of wild poliovirus.

All District Health Boards (DHBs) offer free influenza immunisation to their staff. Uptake of the immunisation increased to 58% of the DHB workforce in 2013 compared with 48% in 2012.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has licensed the Novartis meningococcal B vaccine Bexsero for use in Australia.

The Ministry of Health is enabling the National Immunisation Register (NIR) to collect information on the 11 year old Tdap immunisation event.

Written for high school science and history classes, covering the birth of vaccines in the late 1700s through to cutting-edge approaches to novel vaccines and vaccine delivery.

The European Commission has approved a new vaccine (Bexsero®) that provides broad protection against meningococcal group B disease.

03 Dec 2012 The end of polio

Polio is 99.7% eradicated and could be completely wiped out within the next two years.

Recently New Zealand was represented during the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) delegate visit to Myanmar by National List MP Katrina Shanks.


Eligibilty for funded National Immunisation Schedule childhood catch-up vaccines has been extended for adolescents to their 18th birthday, in line with the Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.

South Canterbury will be commencing a school-based Gardasil® programme for 12 year old girls from term one 2013.

Pfizer have announced top-line data assessing immunogenicity, tolerability and safety of Prevenar 13® in adults aged 18-49 years of age.

Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service have children singing about immunisation on radio.

Researchers at the University of Otago are inching closer to the development of the first effective oral vaccine to protect against tuberculosis (TB).

We are currently experiencing a whooping cough epidemic in New Zealand. Health professionals talk about how serious the illness can be, particularly for young babies.

Mackenzie was just seven weeks old when she became ill with whooping cough, early in 2012.

A doctor at Starship Children's Health in Auckland talks about a baby with whooping cough in Starship's Intensive Care Unit.

Three week old Sativah's video highlights effects of whooping cough on babies.

Please dispose the ‘wheel’ produced by the NIR/Ministry of Health used to calculate the age of an infant and due date for schedule immunisations. The dates are not correct.