No jab, no play

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Mitchell Shire is back­ing the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Cam­paign to keep chil­dren safe by re­in­forc­ing the mes­sage that im­mu­ni­sa­tion saves lives and keeps chil­dren safe from deadly dis­eases.

‘‘This is a very im­por­tant cam­paign to re­mind par­ents to en­sure their chil­dren are fully im­mu­nised be­fore head­ing back to child­care, kinder­garten and school af­ter the hol­i­days,’’ Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son said.

‘‘The State Gov­ern­ment’s new No Jab, No Play law re­quires all Vic­to­rian chil­dren to have a record of im­mu­ni­sa­tion be­fore they are en­rolled in child­care and kinder­garten, un­less they have a med­i­cal rea­son.

‘‘Our im­mu­ni­sa­tion ser­vice is pro­vided through­out the shire. These im­mu­ni­sa­tion ser­vices are of­fered free to all chil­dren el­i­gi­ble for Medi­care and our ex­pe­ri­enced im­mu­ni­sa­tion nurses are avail­able to dis­cuss your child’s im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­gram and give the re­quired vac­cines.

‘‘While Mitchell Shire has slightly higher than av­er­age im­mu­ni­sa­tion rates, we en­cour­age par­ents to keep up the good work to help pro­tect our chil­dren from in­fec­tious dis­eases.’’

Coun­cil im­mu­ni­sa­tion ses­sion dates are on the Mitchell Shire web­site. Par­ents can keep up-to­date with which im­mu­ni­sa­tions are nec­es­sary with the Gov­ern­ment’s VaxOn Time mo­bile app.

There are seven pub­lic im­mu­ni­sa­tion ses­sions held each month in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across Mitchell Shire. Coun­cil also pro­vides a sec­ondary school im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­gram at six sec­ondary schools for stu­dents in years 7 to 10.

For ses­sion de­tails see www.mitchell­shire.vic.gov.au

Painful: Baby Paisley with her mum Jaycee Digney re­ceiv­ing her first im­mu­ni­sa­tion from ma­ter­nal and child health nurse Leesa Neil­son at Broad­ford.

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