Im­mu­ni­sa­tion rates rise in the re­gion

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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.”

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