Appendix 9: Websites

New Zealand-based websites

Ministry of Health

The official website for the Ministry of Health.


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.

Pregnancy and kids

Information for parents, guardians and whānau about pregnancy, labour and birth, and caring for children during their first 5 years.

Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC)

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 website (

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.


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)

The HPA works closely with the Ministry of Health to deliver immunisation messages to the general public.

International websitesTop

World Health Organization (WHO)

A source 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.

International travel and health

Immunisation information for travellers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This site includes sections on ‘Vaccines and preventable diseases’ and ‘For specific groups’, and also includes safety fact sheets for individual vaccines.

Immunization Action Coalition

Educational information for both clinicians and parents. This site includes an ‘Unprotected people reports’ section and has its own search facility. – American Academy of Pediatrics

Information for parents and clinicians, which includes colourful (and graphic) pictures. Excellent articles include ‘Why immunize your child?’ and ‘Vaccine safety: the facts’.

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.

Institute of Medicine (IOM)

An independent, non-profit organisation that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision-makers and the public. IOM has released reports on vaccine safety and adverse events.

Influenza-related websitesTop

National Influenza Specialist Group

A not-for-profit group of doctors and nurses who aim to promote the benefits of immunisation for those most at risk. Its aims are to increase public awareness of influenza, its seriousness and the importance of immunisation to prevent the disease.

Ministry of Health Pandemic Planning and Response

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

Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd


The SHIVERS study (Southern Hemisphere Influenza, Vaccine Effectiveness, Research and Surveillance) is collecting New Zealand data to help better understand the burden of disease and how to prevent its spread. Includes weekly community and hospital surveillance reports for severe acute respiratory infections and influenza-like illness.

Virological surveillance

Weekly influenza surveillance reports from sentinel general practices throughout New Zealand.

WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, Melbourne, Australia

Part of the WHO’s Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System. The Centre analyses influenza viruses currently circulating in the human population in different countries around the world.

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.

WHO FluNet

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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