Health is urging parents and carers to ensure children are vaccinated on time
and has warned vaccinations shouldn’t be delayed even if a child has a minor
Jeremy McAnulty, Executive Director, Health Protection NSW encouraged parents
and carers to download the Save the Date to Vaccinate app to ensure their
children receive vital vaccinations in time for the start of school.
vaccinations are the most effective way to protect children from
life-threatening diseases,” Dr McAnulty said.
free Save the Date to Vaccinate app reminds parents and carers what
vaccinations their child needs and when they’re due, in line with the NSW
a child has a runny nose or slight cold, they can still get vaccinated. Delaying
vaccinations can leave children exposed to serious illnesses at a time when
they’re most vulnerable.”
Dr McAnulty said the recent measles
outbreak in Samoa, which has killed at least 83 people, is a salient reminder
of just how dangerous vaccine preventable disease can be when immunisations
rates are low.
Mother of two Lisa Smith, from Sydney’s north, said
the Save the Date to
Vaccinate app is a helpful reminder in a hectic schedule.
“I never missed a vaccination with my first child
but once I had my second child, I found it hard to stay on top of the key dates
as I was just so busy with work and looking after two children,” Ms Smith said.
"The Save The Date
to Vaccinate app sends
automatic reminders to my phone, it’s made it so much easier to schedule
immunisation appointments, not forget them and have a record to hand of all the
vaccinations my children have received.”
vaccination and overall participation in childhood immunisation programs
continues to improve in NSW, with 94.5 per cent of children fully vaccinated by
five years of age in the past 12 months compared with 90.8 per cent in 2012.
children from potentially deadly diseases is a key priority for the NSW
Government, which has invested approximately $130 million in the 2019-20
Immunisation Program budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.
can download the free Save The Date To Vaccinate app here.