The Loddon-Elmore catchment has the third-highest percentage in the country for immunisation of five-year-olds.April 4, 2014 4:20am
Immunisation rates for five-year-olds in the Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local region, which includes Heathcote, are among the highest in the country, according to the latest National Health Performance Authority report.
LMMML chief executive officer Matt Jones said the Healthy Communities: Immunisation Rates for Children in 2012-13 report showed the region was above per cent at all levels.
‘‘It is encouraging to see we are above 90 per cent for children fully immunised at ages one, two and five,’’ he said.
‘‘There has also been a significant improvement on the rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged one who are fully immunised compared to the previous 12-month period.
‘‘Our region is now at 86 per cent which places us above the national rate of 85.2 per cent.’’
Mr Jones said the report allowed the organisation to identify the communities where improvement was needed.
‘‘There has been a decrease in the percentage of two-year-olds fully immunised compared to the previous report,’’ he said.
‘‘It also shows there are still communities where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are not benefiting from the full health protection that vaccines provide.
‘‘This data is a vital tool that allows us to focus on specific local areas to continue the momentum to stay above the national rate.’’
Mr Jones said this year’s report provided an accurate level of district information in comparison to the 2011-12 report.
‘‘Medicare Locals were still being set up during the time of the 2011-12 reporting period,’’ he said.
‘‘This report reflects our first year of operation as a Medicare Local.
‘‘It provides a much better baseline when dealing with population health to keeping people well, out of hospital and importantly vaccinated again communicable diseases.’’
Mr Jones said LMMML was working actively on immunisation programs through education and support.
‘‘Our organisation works with and offers assistance to local government, general practices and other agencies to promote safe, effective and timely vaccinations,’’ he said.
‘‘Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also protects others in our community by reducing the spread of disease.’’
VIDEO: A crowd watched on as a fire threatened three houses in Casey St, Tatura yesterday afternoon.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Two people have been arrested and thousands of dollars in drugs and property found in a major raid in Corop early Monday.
FOUR Rochester residents did more than their bit for women’s cancers mid last month when they trekked 60km around Melbourne to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
Four generations of Comi girls this Mother's Day
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
Members of a Cobram social group have encouraged women to become a part of community groups, committees and boards.
School fundraises for student with leukaemia.
Fonterra suppliers are reeling after the announcement of a big cut in the milk price from $5.60/kg to $5 for the full current year.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.