Wimmera child immunisation rates among the best and worst in the state


Ararat Rural City’s vaccination rate is among the worst in the state.CHILD immunisation rates in parts of the Wimmera are among the best in the state.
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Australian Childhood Immunisation Register data shows 100 per cent of two-year-olds in West Wimmera and Hindmarsh shires have been fully vaccinated.

Horsham is the next highest, with 98.53 per cent of two-year-olds vaccinated, followed by Yarriambiack at 94.74 per cent and Northern Grampians at 90.91 per cent.

Ararat Rural City is among the worst in the state, with only 89.74 per cent of two-year-olds fully vaccinated.

West Wimmera Shire child and maternal health nurse Monica Feder said the municipality had a 100 per cent immunisation for children aged one, two and five.

She said it was an issue she was passionate about.

‘‘We are very vigilant in maintaining that 100 per cent rate,’’ she said.

Mrs Feder said the key was making access to immunisations as easy as possible for parents.

‘‘When people come in for other checks, we can do immunisations right then and there, instead of having a special day once a month which other councils do,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s about making it more available to parents and making it available every time they visit.

‘‘I also follow up with phone calls and letters to those who might have forgotten.

‘‘If it doesn’t suit to come into a centre, I can take the immunisation to the parent – there is no excuse to not be immunised.’’

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