Central Goldfields Shire has achieved 100 per cent immunity for 60-63 month old children – well above the state average according to new data released by the Victorian Health Department.
The latest figures from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register show that 95.3% of five-year-olds are now fully immunised in Victoria – the best immunisation coverage in the state’s history.
The figures indicate Central Goldfields Shire has reached the ‘herd immunity’ target, which is necessary to halt the spread of diseases.
Central Goldfields Shire Interim CEO Vince Haining said he was thrilled to achieve a 100% success rate for pre-school aged children.
“Whilst the new ‘No Jab No Play’ law has obviously had a huge impact the results can also be attributed to the quality of the Maternal and Child Health Care service we provide.
“Our Maternal and Child Health team provide a first class service which includes immunisation services that are free of charge to all children eligible for Medicare.
“They provide a key role in educating parents that vaccinating your children provides fundamental protection from diseases including measles, whooping cough and meningococcal and meningitis.”
Parents and guardians can keep up to date with when their child’s immunisations are due by downloading the Victorian Government’s VaxOnTime app or by checking their MyGov account.
For more information on immunisation in the Central Goldfields Shire contact 5461 5047.