Vax figures for Port Douglas ‘misleading’, says CHHHS
CAIRNS and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service has rebutted a story in the Courier-Mail last weekend that said Port Douglas had the second lowest vaccination rate in the state, at 83.33 per cent.
A spokesman said the data was deceptive because so few children currently reside in Port Douglas were in the subject age group.
”Percentage coverage is a good indicator in a large population but in such a small population three non-immunised individuals can change the percentage from 93 per cent to 83 per cent as demonstrated [in the newspaper article]” the spokesman said.
Under measures handed down in Tuesday night’s Federal Budget, families who fail to immunise their children and who do not get a health check on their four-year-olds will lose $28 a fortnight from their Family Tax Benefit payments.