Mundaring: immunisation push for children under 5


Health Minister John Day with Rhiannon Apkarian and baby Takota, getting ready for her first immunisation.
Health Minister John Day with Rhiannon Apkarian and baby Takota, getting ready for her first immunisation.

MUM Rhiannon Apkarian is helping in the new State Government push to improve immunisation rates.

“My message to other mums is to get your baby immunised; even if you are late, see your maternal child health nurse and catch up,” she said.

“We do live in the lucky country, where we can have vaccinations and prevent our babies from having serious diseases.”

Health Minister John Day said “we need to help parents do better for their children, especially in key Perth metropolitan and regional areas where some rates are substantially lower than state and national averages.”

“Mundaring, Cottesloe, Claremont and Fremantle have reported some of the lowest vaccination rates for children under five years of age,” he said.

“Data indicates that one to 2 per cent of families object to vaccination; this shows most parents are supportive of immunisation, but may need assistance to overcome barriers to immunisation.

“This strategy aims to help close that gap, including introducing SMS reminders for parents, home visits for high-risk children and improved school vaccination record-keeping.”

Mr Day said there had been big improvements in areas such as vaccine wastage.