Protect your child from Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious, infectious illness that takes a long time to cure. It’s spread by coughing from those who already have the disease.

Children under five years can be protected from the most harmful forms of TB by getting a free vaccination. This is called the BCG vaccine.

The vaccine does not prevent your child from being infected, but it will reduce the risk of them getting very ill if it’s given to them at the right age.

Book a BCG vaccination appointment in Auckland

If you have any queries please call our Auckland office on 0800 367 224, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5:00pm, or e-mail

For information on BCG vaccination in Northland / Te Tai Tokerau call 09-4304101 ext 60592, or email

The BCG vaccine is available to children under five years old who:

  • will be living in a house or family/whānau where a person either has TB, or has a history of TB
  • has a parent or carer who, within the last five years, lived for more than six months in a country with a high TB rate (greater than or equal to 40 per 100,000)
  • before they turn five, will live for three months or longer in a country with a high TB rate (greater than or equal to 40 per 100,000)

If your child is five or older they are no longer eligible for the vaccine.

Children aged between six months and five years old years may need to have a skin test first to detect whether they have already been infected with TB. This test is called the Mantoux test.

If your child requires this test it will need to be carried out 72 hours before your child gets the vaccine. You’ll receive more information on this test when your child is booked in to get vaccinated.

Learn more about the Mantoux test

To learn more about the BCG vaccine download our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). These are also available in the following languages:

If you need help call the BCG team on 0800 367 224, Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 5pm.

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Last updated 15.3.2024

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