PARENTS are being urged to ensure children starting school this year have had their four-year-old vaccinations completed before their first day on February 3.
Dr Rashmi Sharma, chair of ACT Medicare Local, said these vaccinations protect children from preventable infectious diseases such as whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.
“These diseases can be painful and in some cases can lead to permanent disability or death. The booster doses due at four years of age are essential to complete your child’s immunisation schedule and ensure they are protected,” she said.
“As the ACT had 227 cases of whooping cough last year, it is essential your child receives the booster to protect them.
“We enjoy high rates of immunisation in the ACT and would like for this to continue.”