Jab records need check

WA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Directorate medical co-ordinator Professor Paul Effler said immunisation was the best way to protect children against infections.

“While parents are busy ticking off their back-to-school check list, it is timely to remind them to ensure their children are protected from 16 vaccine preventable diseases,” he said.

“Ensuring your child’s immunisations are up to date will keep them protected and help stop the spread of these diseases in the community.”

The Government’s ‘No Jab No Pay’ policy began on January 1 and effects parents who receive family assistance payments.

To receive payments, children must be fully vaccinated.

“In WA 92 per cent of children aged four and over are fully immunised, but at least 95 per cent of children must be fully immunised to effectively prevent outbreaks of highly infectious diseases like measles,” Professor Effler said.

“Parents who are unsure about their child’s immunisation history can visit the Medicare Australia website to get a record of past immunisations.”

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