Call to parents over kids’ immunity
PARENTS of unvaccinated Queensland children could soon be receiving a call urging them to bring their immunisations up to date under a $1.5 million program to be rolled out in October.
Health Minister Cameron Dick says that the 13 HEALTH hotline will be used to contact the parents of up to 35,000 children under the age of five who are not fully immunised in a bid to bring the state’s immunisation rate up to 95 per cent.
About 6000 of those are believed to be the children of conscientious objectors.
It is understood doctors will contact parents first before 13 HEALTH starts making calls from October 1.
“Currently 92.3 per cent of five-year-olds in Queensland have their vaccinations up to date. We need to do more,” Mr Dick said. “What we’ll be doing is we’ll be using our 13 HEALTH contact centre to reach out to families of children who aren’t fully immunised.”
Parents will be directed to their nearest free clinic while a specialist clinic will be set up at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said bringing the vaccination rate up to 95 per cent would ensure eradicated diseases did not make a comeback.