Milestone: Before Baby
Before your baby is born there are many things to think about
and decisions to make. Your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) is there to
support you and to help make it easier. Here is some immunisation
information to help you make informed decisions.
National Immunisation Register
All children born in New Zealand are recorded on the National
Immunisation Register (NIR). The NIR is a confidential,
computerised, information system that holds an accurate record of
children's immunisations. Your LMC, family doctor or practice nurse
will discuss the NIR with you, including what information is
collected and stored and who can access that information.
Children may visit many different health care providers. The NIR
makes sure information about your child's immunisations is always
available, even if you move away or change doctor.
The NIR also helps make sure that your child receives the
appropriate immunisations at the recommended ages. They do this by
reminding your healthcare provider when your child's immunisations
are due, and when they are overdue.
Early Enrolment in General Practice
We recommend you contact your doctor and complete your baby's
enrolment soon after your baby is born, as your child's first
immunisations is due at six weeks. Your doctor and their team are
there to support you and your baby's health right from the
Immunisations during pregnancy
It is really important to protect yourself and your baby while
you are pregnant and until they are six months old.
Research indicates that vaccinations received by mothers during
pregnancy can help protect the baby. We recommend pregnant
women receive the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination and the vaccine
against Pertussis (Whooping Cough). This gives
your baby the best possible protection until they are old enough to
be vaccinated against Pertussis (whooping cough) and Seasonal
For added protection, we recommend Dad, grandparents, brothers
and sisters, and anyone else who is going to be in close contact
with your baby are also vaccinated against Pertussis (whooping
cough) so they can't pass it on to your baby.