Jab records need check

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - PENINSULA SNAPSHOT -

THE Depart­ment of Health is en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to check their chil­dren’s im­mu­ni­sa­tions are up to date as the 2016 school year com­mences.

WA Health’s Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­ease Con­trol Di­rec­torate med­i­cal co-or­di­na­tor Pro­fes­sor Paul Ef­fler said im­mu­ni­sa­tion was the best way to pro­tect chil­dren against in­fec­tions.

“While par­ents are busy tick­ing off their back-toschool check list, it is timely to re­mind them to en­sure their chil­dren are pro­tected from 16 vac­cine pre­ventable dis­eases,” he said.

“En­sur­ing your child’s im­mu­ni­sa­tions are up to date will keep them pro­tected and help stop the spread of th­ese dis­eases in the com­mu­nity.”

The Govern­ment’s ‘No Jab No Pay’ pol­icy be­gan on Jan­uary 1 and ef­fects par­ents who re­ceive fam­ily as­sis­tance pay­ments.

To re­ceive pay­ments, chil­dren must be fully vac­ci­nated.

“In WA 92 per cent of chil­dren aged four and over are fully im­mu­nised, but at least 95 per cent of chil­dren must be fully im­mu­nised to ef­fec­tively pre­vent out­breaks of highly in­fec­tious dis­eases like measles,” Pro­fes­sor Ef­fler said.

“Par­ents who are un­sure about their child’s im­mu­ni­sa­tion his­tory can visit the Medi­care Aus­tralia web­site to get a record of past im­mu­ni­sa­tions.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/ im­mu­ni­sa­tion.

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