Childhood immunisation coverage

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

Childhood immunisation is one of the most effective ways to protect the health of children, families, and communities. Immunisation rates also give an idea of how accessible health services are.

The Government and the Ministry of Health have goals to increase immunisation rates to 95 percent for eight-month-olds and District Health Boards have performance measures for two and five year-olds.

This indicator measures the percentages of children aged eight months, two years, and five years who are immunised, according to the immunisation and catch-up schedules.

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    Information about the New Zealand data

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    Date published: September 2017
    Next update expected: August 2018
    Update frequency: Annually. Quarterly updates are available from the Ministry of Health.
    Geographic coverage: National and subnational
    Demographic information available? Yes
    Internationally recognised measure? Yes
    Source: Ministry of Health – National Immunisation Register
    Purpose of the survey or data: The National Immunisation Register (NIR) holds immunisation details of New Zealand children, with the purpose of helping to improve immunisation coverage.
    The register:

    • allows authorised health professionals to find out what vaccines a child has been given, which will help to make sure immunisations are given at the appropriate time 
    • provides an accurate record of immunisation coverage rates – regionally and nationally – so programmes can be planned to reach populations with the lowest rates.

    Data quality: Relies on medical practitioners completing the record of the immunisation.

    Information about the international data

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    Date published: September 2017
    Next update expected: August 2018
    Update frequency: Annually
    Geographic coverage: International
    Demographic information available? No
    Source: World Health Organization (WHO) – WHO/UNICEF estimates of national immunization coverage
    Purpose of the survey or data: To compile and publish tables from member countries on immunisation statistics, including estimated coverage by country, year, and vaccine type.
    Data quality: The data will vary slightly from different countries, in how it is collected and recorded. There is no readily available information on the age of the children, and whether this is standard across the countries that provide the data. 
    World Health Organization – WHO/UNICEF estimates of national immunization coverage has more information, including background material on methods and process.

    Want to know more?

    Ministry of Health – National Immunisation Register
    Ministry of Health – National and DHB immunisation data
    Ministry of Health – Health targets: Increased immunisation
    World Health Organization

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Childhood immunisation coverage – tables (Excel, 7 sheets, 83kb)

Includes breakdowns by age, ethnic group, district health board, and World Health Organization/UNICEF immunisation coverage.

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