Measles diagnoses prompts vaccination reminder

Fremantle Medicare Local chief executive Christa Riegler said vaccinations were important to reduce a child’s risk of contracting diseases like measles, whooping cough and pneumococcal disease.

‘Schools, preschools, kindergartens and child care centres are places where children interact very closely, so it is vital that all people including children are fully vaccinated,’ she said.

She said childhood vaccinations with Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville were ranked amongst the lowest in Australia, with 90 per cent vaccinated.

Immunisation Alliance WA’s Katie Attwell said immunisation rates under 95 per cent meant there was not sufficient herd immunity for most diseases, which would allow for a significant number of the population to be protected, including those too young to be fully immunised.

Helping with immunisation is the City of Melville, whose next free clinic is on February 12.

The free immunisation clinics are held on the second Wednesday of each month and offer vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and other childhood illnesses.

The clinic is on between 9.30am and 12.15pm at the City of Melville Civic Square Library.

Visit and enter your postcode in the ‘locate your nearest clinic’ section to make an appointment.