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On time immunisation best protection

On time immunisation best protection

This year Immunisation Week from April 23-29 is all about protecting your child by getting them immunised on time.

Why is that important?  Right now New Zealand has a whooping cough outbreak that has affected hundreds of babies, children and adults. Babies who get whooping cough struggle to breathe and many need to be hospitalised.

Babies aren’t protected until they have had their first three immunisation visits on time at six weeks, three and five months.

If you’re having trouble getting to an appointment or you have questions, talk to your doctor, practice nurse, or Plunket nurse – they can help.

If you’d like to talk to someone you can also call the free helpline 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) or go to or

By immunising your child, you’re also helping to protect your family and our community because the more people who are immunised, the lower the risk of disease outbreaks.

Older generations remember living through epidemics of diseases like polio.  Over the last two years we have had a reminder with outbreaks of measles, and now whooping cough.

Hamilton mum Ally Edwards-Lasenby’s son Cameron caught measles last year. Driving across Hamilton to Waikato Hospital with her seriously ill teenage son was the most frightening car trip of her life.

Within days of becoming unwell, Cameron had developed a full body rash, had stopped eating and drinking and was so sick medical staff struggled to give him intravenous fluids.

“I saw my big 13 ½ year old, who’s taller than me, slowly disintegrating before my eyes and I wasn’t able to do anything. I thought ‘This happens to other people – not my baby’. I just didn’t realise measles could do that,” Ally says.

Measles can be prevented – once fully immunised with two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, more than 95 percent of people are protected. Cameron wasn’t immunised against measles as a baby but has now had the MMR vaccine. The vaccine will give him protection against mumps and rubella, in addition to the immunity to measles he gained from having had the disease.

Ally decided against having Cameron immunised for measles, mumps and rubella when he was a baby because at the time, she was concerned about claims the vaccine was linked to autism. The research behind those claims has since been thoroughly discredited.

“I made an informed decision based on the information I had at the time but the research has proven to be invalid. I should have gone back to check it but I never followed up,” Ally says.

“By sharing our experience with people I hope I can create an awareness of the importance of immunisation. I wouldn’t hesitate given what we have been through.”

Immunisation Week is a World Health Organization event. In New Zealand we celebrate it with community events and media activities to get people talking about immunisation.

Talk to your doctor or practice nurse today. You can also go to or call 0800 IMMUNE.

This panui is sponsored by the Ministry of Health

(3) Comments

  1. Paul R. Dierks

    I truly fear for public safety in a responsible fashion. Although there are TRUE concerns about vaccination, without them, half of us would not be here to complain about it. If you think I am cold on the subject, you are wrong. I have felt the negative effects of multiple vaccinations. I am also on the autism spectrum. I have watched my mind go from seeing clear pictures associated with high functions, directly into brain fog. I have LIVED both sides of this fence. Take my unique experience and please aply some simple rules in order to reduce the risk of becoming an acceptable ratio of success to brain injury, and we can reduce the amount of brain injury by a rediculous percent. Simple choices you can make to reduce these risks are as follows; 1. do not stack vaccinate. 2. Request mercury free vaccine. 3. Space immune challenge as far apart as possible. If you child was just sick with a cold or had a recent trauma such as a broken arm, wait until whatever is gone before adding more immune stress to a bad soup. being a 46 year old celiac/Asperger with family in the pharma fields, please take advantage of my grass rooted education. I have studied as much as needed. I have read many Andy Wakefield MMR publishings(He is NOT 100% wrong.).There will always be acceptable risks, as cruel as it may sound. I would not want this to happen to my family. The other side of this double edged sword is simple; harm 1 so 1000 can survive. No matter the delivery system, there is not any one that will not effect anyone. If you family is not immunized during a measle outbreak, the odds are NO where near as favorable as 1000 to 1. The viruses have even less of a conscious than the pharmaceutical industry!

  2. Aja

    This vaccine seems to be like MeNZB - no antibodies after very short time. I don't understand such logic, if it doesn't work the first time, give another one & another one & another one & vaccinate all the family again while your at it. What a goldmine! 'Unfortunately, drug maker Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), the manufacturer of the whooping cough vaccine, did not bother to perform long-term studies of its effectiveness. A company spokesperson confirmed this disturbing fact in an email to Reuters, stating that GSK never studied the duration of the vaccine's protection after the shot was given to four- to six-year-olds. Dr. Tom Clark, a medical epidemiologist with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), also provided a troubling analysis of the situation. "It's likely if we move doses around we'd shift the burden of disease, but not necessarily reduce it," he said. However, these explanations alone do not account for the new epidemic of whooping cough in California. According to the New York Times, vaccination rates have remained steady as cases of whooping cough have skyrocketed in the state. In addition, other scientific studies have confirmed a link between vaccines and an increased risk of infectious diseases.'

  3. Janice Clarke Karaka

    I am vaccine injured, disabled. It cost me my nursing career. My friend's 30+ yr old son is brain damaged from routine baby vaccinations. I am on an email group of over 40 other former vaccine injured health professionals. We never want another toxic jab again. And ACC are insult to injury!

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