Vax fig­ures for Port Dou­glas ‘mis­lead­ing’, says CHHHS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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