New migrants lead NZ for childhood vaccination

One in four New Zealanders has been born overseas and new migrants are ahead of other Kiwis when it comes to vaccinating their babies.

Migrant families are more likely than other New Zealanders to vaccinate their babies on time, according to new University of Auckland research.

The study found children of recent migrants, defined as moving to New Zealand within the previous five years, were more likely than non-migrants to receive vaccines at six weeks, three months and five months.

“We found that the children born to two born-overseas parents had the highest timely vaccination rate, followed by those who had one parents born overseas and then at the lowest rate were children who had two New Zealand-born parents,” says lead researcher Dr Ladan Hashemi, a senior research fellow at Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland.

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