Vaccination rate at record high
Plunket has welcomed the news that New Zealand’s childhood immunisation rate is now at a record high.
‘‘Particularly pleasing to see is the 14 per cent increase in the immunisation rate among the Maori and Pacific communities,’’ said Plunket clinical adviser Allison Jamieson. ‘‘Vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from the many childhood diseases that affect families today.’’
Ms Jamieson said these diseases could have serious complications and were often spread by family members or friends.
‘‘ Immunisation is a free, proven way that parents can protect their children against 11 serious diseases, including measles, mumps and rubella. It is never too late to catch up,
can even if a child has fallen behind on the immunisation schedule,’’ she said.
Parents can check their child’s immunisation schedule at www.plunket.org.nz or call their doctor. For more information about immunisation you can talk to a Plunket nurse at the local Plunket rooms or call PlunketLine on 0800 933 922 (24 hours, seven days a week).