Esperance is top spot for immunisation
Esperance has emerged as the State’s top spot for childhood immunisation rates.
Figures from the Department of Health show Esperance boosted its rates by nearly 2 per cent in 2017-18, up to 95.81 per cent.
WA Country Health Service regional immunisation co-ordinator Rebecca Caporn praised the result, saying it was the highest annual childhood immunisation coverage rate in WA for the last financial year and met the department’s aim of 95 per cent immunisation rates, which it hoped to achieve Statewide.
The figures calculate the rates of children aged one, two and five who have been immunised against preventable diseases.
Ms Caporn said this achievement was the result of years of hard work by providers in Esperance, who all had a great relationship with the community.
“This is a huge achievement and a testament to local parents and guardians who have opted to ensure their children are protected against serious diseases,” she said.
“I must also acknowledge all immunisation providers — including WACHS and local general practitioners — for all that they do in spreading the message of prevention.”
Ms Caporn said recommended vaccines as per the WA Immunisation Schedule were vital not only in preventing disease but also in 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.”