1 October 2019

100% of Sth NSW Aboriginal children aged one and five now immunised

| Ian Campbell
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File photo: Southern NSW Local Health District.

100 percent of Aboriginal children aged one and five years in the Southern NSW Local Health District are now vaccinated.

Health District Acting Chief Executive Jude Constable says June quarter immunisation rates show a remarkable uptake among local Aboriginal families.

“Our high immunisation rates are the direct result of our local strategies, which included working with GPs, community nurses and families, to encourage on-time vaccination of children and arranging catch-up vaccinations for those overdue,” Ms Constable says.

“We now have 100 percent of our one-year-old and five-year-old Aboriginal children fully immunised – well above the national target of 95 percent.

“Our non-Aboriginal children are also achieving solid numbers with over 95 percent immunisation rates.

“The region is clearly seeing the results of the free statewide immunisation program which reminds families to vaccinate on time and boosts coverage rates in schools and Aboriginal communities.”

The NSW Health statewide immunisation program includes:

• Save the Date mobile app and campaign
• The Aboriginal Immunisation Health Worker program
• NSW School Vaccination Program
• Education of general practitioners and training of nurses and midwives.

Ms Constable says protecting children from potentially deadly diseases is a key priority for the Health District, “we will continue to focus on boosting immunity coverage in our community.”

The Southern NSW Local Health District covers a large area of the state, from Goulburn and Crookwell to the Victorian border and surrounding the ACT on three sides. It extends from the beaches of the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley, to the farmlands of the Southern Tablelands, and the ski fields of the Snowy Mountains.

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