Immunisation urged before school starts

WITH continuing high rates of the potentially-fatal whooping cough in the region, health officials are urging parents to immunise young children before they start school.child-immunisation

More than 400 cases of whooping cough were reported last year, says ACT Medicare Local Chair Dr Rashmi Sharma.

“These diseases can be painful and in some cases can lead to permanent disability or death,” she says.

“The booster doses due at four years of age are essential to complete your child’s immunisation schedule and ensure they are protected.”

The vaccinations can be given from 3 ½ years.

Dr Sharma says recent data about childhood vaccination rates show Canberra parents are keen to protect their children from preventable childhood diseases through immunisation.

“We enjoy high rates of immunisation in the ACT.  We are above the national average in immunisation rates and would like for this to continue,” she says.

“Parents are encouraged to speak with their GP, General Practice Nurse or Maternal and Child Health Nurse about immunising their child before they start school.”

 

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