Esper­ance is top spot for im­mu­ni­sa­tion

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Joanna De­la­lande

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.”

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