Immunisation rates rise in the region
Despite long-term links to low immunisation rates, Margaret River, Augusta and Busselton were recognised this week for having WA’s most improved rates of childhood vaccination.
WA Country Health Service immunisation co-ordinator Nancy Birch said the improvement was a result of hard work and collaboration between the service and GPs.
“We’re delighted to see the uptake in vaccination rates — particularly in communities where there had previously been some resistance,” Ms Birch said.
“I must also acknowledge all immunisation providers — including our local GPs — for all that they do in spreading the message of prevention.”
Ms Birch said recommended vaccines as per the WA Immunisation Schedule were vital in preventing disease and providing protection to the broader community.
“The fact of the matter is immunisation saves lives,” she said.
“It protects you, your family and your community. And it also helps protect future generations by eradicating diseases.”