Paul Corben, Director of Public Health for the Mid North Coast and Northern NSW Local Health District said vaccination is the best way to protect your child and other children in the community from serious diseases such as measles, whooping cough and hepatitis B.
“Vaccines work best if they are given on time. Even if a child has a runny nose or cold they can still have their vaccines,” Mr Corben said.
If you are unsure, talk to your immunisation provider because delaying vaccination can increase the risk of your child getting sick.
In April 2013 NSW Health made it easier for parents to ensure their children are fully immunised on time with an innovative App that will help ensure they are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough.
While around 90% of children at 1 and 2 years of age in NSW are fully immunised, 95% coverage is needed for effective disease control.
An App for iPhone and Android phones has been developed and allows parents to enter their child’s name and birth date, as well as their GP’s contact details.
The App will then calculate the next immunisation due date and send a series of reminders to prompt the parent to call their GP to schedule an appointment for each immunisation. Parents can make that call straight from the App.
The Save the Date campaign website has been developed and includes resources such as a printable Personalised Vaccination Schedules, and immunisation videos.
Download the SAVE THE DATE App or print a Personalised Vaccination Schedule at http://www.immunisation.health.nsw.gov.au/
To book in for your child’s immunisations contact your local Community Health Centre or General Practitioner.