A8.1. New Zealand-based websites


The official website for the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health.



The official website for Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora



The official website for Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority



www.immunise.health.nz and

Health NZ | Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora information about immunisation in New Zealand, including vaccination laws and practices, information for parents/guardians, young people and health professionals about the vaccines and the disease they protect against, immunisation coverage, and links to other reputable national and international websites. Electronic versions of the Handbook (pdf, html and ebook) are also available.


COVID-19 vaccines


Health NZ | Te Whatu Ora information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, the safety and approval process, types of vaccine and the vaccine rollout plan, including updates for the health sector.


Pregnancy and kids


Health NZ | Te Whatu Ora information for parents, guardians and whānau about pregnancy, labour and birth, and caring for children during their first five years.

Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC) | Te Pātaka Whaioranga


Information about the medicines (including vaccines) and related products which are funded on the Pharmaceutical Schedule for use in the community and public hospitals. Electronic versions of the Pharmaceutical Schedule and updates (pdf and html) are published on the PHARMAC website (pharmac.govt.nz/tools-resources/pharmaceutical-schedule and schedule.pharmac.govt.nz/ScheduleOnline.php).


Medsafe – New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority


Information on the regulation of medicines and medical devices in New Zealand and the safe use of medicines, including medicine data sheets for health professionals and consumer medicine information for consumers.


Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)


A source of New Zealand infectious disease epidemiology, including regular surveillance reports for a number of diseases.




A source of public health education resources, including immunisation and communicable diseases, for health professionals and the public. Resources can be viewed, downloaded and/or ordered from this site.


Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC)


Information for parents and clinicians, including newsletters for providers of immunisation services in New Zealand.



Information for the COVID-19 vaccine workforce, about the COVID-19 vaccination programme and to support the COVID-19 vaccination education programme.




A joint initiative between the Paediatric Society of New Zealand Inc and the Starship Foundation. The KidsHealth website provides accurate and reliable information about children’s health for New Zealand parents and caregivers, the wider family and whānau, and health professionals working with parents.


Health Promotion Agency (HPA) | Te Hiringa Hauora


The HPA works closely with the Ministry of Health and Health NZ | Te Whatu Ora to deliver immunisation messages to the general public.

A8.2. International websites

World Health Organization (WHO)


Sources of statistics, graphs and maps for immunisation profiles, by country. Useful for the practitioner planning vaccination of an immigrant child based on the current Schedule.


The Global Health Observatory


Provides access to a range of data sets and dashboards, including immunisation data and vaccine-preventable disease, including the Immunization dashboard.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


This site includes sections on the vaccines recommended (in the US) by age and for specific groups of people, and also includes safety factsheets for individual vaccines.


Immunize.org (formerly Immunization Action Coalition)


Educational information for both clinicians and parents. This site includes an ‘Unprotected people stories’ section and has its own search facility.


Healthychildren.org – American Academy of Pediatrics


Information for parents and clinicians, which includes colourful (and graphic) pictures (www.healthychildren.org/immunizations). Useful articles include ‘Why immunize your child?’ and ‘Vaccine safety: examine the evidence’.


Institute for Vaccine Safety


Information on the safety of recommended vaccines and current vaccine issues in the media. Based at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.


The Vaccine Page


The latest information and news about vaccines for adults, parents, practitioners and researchers. This site also has links to journals and other vaccine-related sites.


National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS)


An Australian-based research organisation that provides independent expert advice on all aspects of vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety, communication and social and other issues related to immunisation.


Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation (SKAI)


An Australian website containing a package of communication strategies and tools to assist in conversations between health providers and families around immunisation. It includes an e-learning module for health providers and a website with information accessible by parents (talkingaboutimmunisation.org.au/) to help inform consent.

National Influenza Immunisation Programme


Influenza immunisation programme for health professionals. Information for consumers is available on the Ministry of Health website.


Ministry of Health – Pandemic planning and response


Pandemic planning and response information, including the current pandemic influenza alert status and pandemic plans, policies and other guidance for the health sector.




Online surveillance system used to detect the potential spread of influenza, influenza-like respiratory illnesses and COVID-19 within Australia and New Zealand.


Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd

Virological surveillance


Monthly updated respiratory illness dashboard. 


WHO – Global Influenza Programme


Information on national influenza centres and vaccine manufacturers around the world, as well as global surveillance data and links to reports of the Weekly Epidemiological Record. It also includes the WHO’s geographical information system for monitoring global influenza activity. Recent activity is featured in a series of animated maps and news reports, and listings of participating centres, influenza vaccine manufacturers and related websites are provided and shared through FluNet and FluID.


CDC – Influenza (Flu)


Information for the public and health professionals on influenza viruses, vaccines, and antiviral agents, and on the clinical features and natural history of human influenza.

Health NZ – Travelling


Information to help travellers manage risk and stay well. Includes links to other New Zealand-based travel websites.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel


Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas.


WHO – International travel and health


Immunisation and disease information for travellers.


CDC – Travellers’ health


US-based information for travellers and health professionals, including updates on national and international disease outbreaks.


Fit for travel


Travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK, including updates on national and international disease outbreaks.