The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) is a nationwide organisation based at The University of Auckland. Their aim is to provide New Zealanders with a local source of independent, factual information including benefits and risks regarding immunisation, and vaccine-preventable disease. The information they provide uses international and New Zealand medical research and they are supported by a large network of health professionals.
They’ve been around since 1997, and have staff based in Auckland, Waikato, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch.
What does IMAC do?
They provide a variety of products and services for consumers, health professionals, government agencies and the media to improve the understanding and quality of immunisation in New Zealand.
0800 phone line: This is a free information service provided Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4.30 pm. They have a team of registered nurses who are very knowledgeable in all questions relating to immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases in New Zealand.
Education and training: IMAC provides training for health professionals, including vaccinator training, regular immunisation updates and cold chain assistance.
Website: Their website has an extensive depth of information including specific disease and vaccine information, tips for immunisation visits, answers to commonly asked questions and details regarding the New Zealand Immunisation Schedule.
Public and health professional events: IMAC has a regular stand at the Auckland Parent and Child Show. They hold a national immunisation conference every two years for health professionals, which includes international and local speakers.
How is IMAC funded?
Primary funding for IMAC is provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Additional funding is received from a variety of sources for specific projects.
Why use IMAC?
IMAC is based at The University of Auckland. They therefore have extensive networks to develop resources using the highest quality, independent and factual information. As they have provided advice and information to the public and health professionals for almost twenty years, they understand the challenges parents face when making decisions about immunisation.
They are committed to ensuring that all families have accurate evidence-based information in order to make their own decisions about immunisation.
How can I get IMAC to help?
You can call 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) between 9 am and 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday
Visit their website: www.immune.org.nz
Drop them an email via our website, use the ‘Support’,’ Contact us’ link at the bottom of the home page.
How much does it cost?
All their information services are free. Health professionals pay for training courses.
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