Yarrawonga has recorded the highest immunisation rate for five year olds of any postcode in Australia, according to the last National Health Performance Authority statistics.FIONA BLICK April 8, 2014 3:01pm
With 99% of all children in that age bracket immunised, Yarrawonga also sits well above the Victorian average of 92%.
Yarrawonga Medical Clinic Practice Manager Marilyn Schultz said this was fabulous news for the town.
“The whole community should be very happy with this result,” Ms Schultz said.
“The parents here are particularly conscientious.
“Between the Moira Shire and the two doctors clinics it makes it very easy to get your child immunised.
“Everything is bulk billed and you can make an appointment at a time that suits you.”
Ms Schultz said this news comes at a pertinent time with several cases of the contagious and extremely dangerous whooping cough being reported in the area.
“However, because these children were immunised the severity of this disease has been lessened,” she said.
“If they weren’t then it would have been a whole different scenario; they would have been very sick little chickens.”
Before babies leave the hospital with their parents, they already have been given their first immunisation injection.
“The nurses impress upon the parents the importance of continuing on with the immunisation program and clearly the parents are listening to the nurses advice,” Ms Schultz said.
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of being protected against harmful diseases that can cause serious health problems and sometimes death.
Ms Schultz said there is never a 100% guarantee a person will not catch a disease they have been immunised against, like the whooping cough cases in Yarrawonga, the severity of the symptoms are much less.
Vaccinations can be given by a doctor, immunisation clinic and some hospitals.
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