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Vax rates make for healthy future

06 Jun 2019

 

Parents are being congratulated for keeping their children’s vaccinations up to date, with almost 100 per cent of children across the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District fully vaccinated, but some, especially young ones are still missing out on potentially lifesaving treatment.

NBMLHD Director of Public Health, Associate Professor Bradley Forssman says immunisation rates across the District are amongst the best in the state for the October – December 2018 quarter.

“Our latest statistics show 99 per cent of Aboriginal children, and 95 per cent of non-Aboriginal children aged four, are fully immunised.”

“These results are very welcome. The shots kids receive are helping to set them up for a healthy future.”

“Vaccinations help defend young children from diseases including tetanus, polio and whooping cough. A vaccine is most effective once a full course has been completed,” says Associate Professor Forssman.

“Getting immunised also helps you protect other vulnerable members of your family who are also experiencing illness.”

The high immunisation rate for young Aboriginal children is a result of improved health education and increased awareness about vaccinations says Aboriginal Immunisation Health worker, Kelly Hodges.

“As part of my role I help to create an understanding of what the benefits of getting a vaccination are and I help facilitate and remove the barriers that are preventing people from accessing vaccines.”

“We work very closely with local GPs, our community health centres, mothers groups and schools to ensure that even the most busiest of families have access to the vaccines their children need,” says Ms Hodges.

For more information relating to immunisations please visit the NSW Health website.