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City's Immunisation Service is on target

Posted on May 05, 2017
The City of Bayswater is working in partnership with the Department of Health to deliver critical immunisation services to its community and help reduce the spread of highly infectious preventable diseases.

Mayor Barry McKenna said the City will continue to deliver the vital service to its residents.

"Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children against serious diseases including Diphtheria, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Measles, Mumps and Rubella to name just a few.

"We are one of only a few local governments who continue to deliver a vaccination program on behalf of our residents.

"We continue to invest in this service because we value it. The health of our children and young people is paramount. Research has proven that immunising children helps prevent the spread of highly infectious diseases such as Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Measles and Mumps.

"The City of Bayswater has one of the highest immunisation rates in the metropolitan area. We are proud of this record and are committed to working with the State Government to bring down the rates of preventable infectious disease.

"The City provides parents and caregivers of newborns and children under the age of five with easy access to disease preventable vaccines via its five Child Health Clinics. Our immunisation staff also visit local high schools to administer vaccinations to young people in Years 8 to 12 including the life-saving cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil®.

The City's Immunisation Unit consists of two nurses and an administration assistant who coordinates the program. The City also contracts the services of a doctor to administer the vaccinations. Funding for vaccines is provided by the Health Department and Medicare.

"The City of Bayswater is working with the State Government to deliver on its target of having 95 per cent of children in the newborn to five years category fully immunised.

"In most instances it is actually more cost effective for local governments to deliver this service on behalf of their community as most people will incur out of pocket expenses when visiting their GP.

The delivery of a comprehensive Immunisation Service is part of the City's commitment to public health.

For more information on the City's Immunisation Program visit www.bayswater.wa.gov or contact the City's Immunisation Unit on 9270 4121.

Statistics

In 2016 1271 babies/children attended one of the City's Immunisation Clinics held at its five Child Health Clinics. Each baby/child could receive up to three vaccines (from 2 months to 4 years of age).

705 Year 8 students have given consent by their parent/guardian to be immunised this year. The first round of vaccinations have been administered already with a very low absentee rate.

This year 2474 students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will be offered the Meningococcal ACWY vaccination. It is believed that this program will be very popular and it is estimated that approximately 2000 students will have consent from their parent/guardian to receive the vaccine.

Last year 641 female and male Year 8 students were administered the life-saving cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil®. Three doses of HPV Gardasil® are required to achieve full immunity. Thus a total of 1834 Gardasil® vaccines were administered in 2016. The percentage rate for those students whose parents/guardians consented and received the Gardasil was 97 per cent.

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