Im­mu­nise call

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Plun­ket is en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to im­mu­nise their chil­dren af­ter fears over a measles out­break. Clin­i­cal ad­viser Al­li­son Jamieson says im­mu­ni­sa­tion is the most ef­fec­tive way to pro­tect kids from child­hood dis­eases. ‘‘‘Im­mu­ni­sa­tion has a pro­foundly pos­i­tive ef­fect not only on the in­di­vid­ual but on the whole of the pop­u­la­tion thereby im­prov­ing com­mu­nity im­mu­nity from the dis­ease,’’ she says. Im­mu­ni­sa­tion is free and pro­tects chil­dren against 11 se­ri­ous dis­eases, in­clud­ing measles, mumps and rubella. Chil­dren can catch up on their im­mu­ni­sa­tion sched­ule if they have fallen be­hind. Visit plun­ket.org.nz or call your doc­tor for more in­for­ma­tion.

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