Story: Epidemics

International comparisons

New Zealand’s immunisation rates are low compared to other developed countries. The vaccine known as DTP3 (the third dose of the diptheria-tetanus and pertussis vaccine) is considered a good indicator of how well health systems are providing routine immunisation to children.

This graph shows immunisation rates of OECD members (a grouping of 38 developed countries) for the DTP3 vaccine in 2021. New Zealand had the seventh-lowest national coverage rate (89.8%), well below the average (93.5%).

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Source: OECD Data: Child Immunisation Rates, 2021

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How to cite this page:

Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - Epidemics, pandemics and disease control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2024