A needle is best to take to school

The best thing you can send your child off to school with is up to date vaccinations!
Nanjing Night Net

PARENTS of preschoolers equip their children with an armoury of supplies just to get through the day — spare clothes, comfort toys, sun hat, snacks and drinks.

The tool that will give them the best start is their last childhood vaccination to prevent serious disease.

The childhood vaccination schedule starts when a child is born and is not completed until they receive their final immunisation between three years and six months and four years of age.

“Starting preschool, rather than starting primary school, is an ideal time to check your child’s immunisation status,” Nepean-Blue Mountains Medicare Local (NBMML) Board Chair Dr Shiva Prakash said.”

“Preschools and child care centres are places where children interact very closely and it is vital they are fully protected against a whole range of severe preventable diseases.

“To get full protection a child needs to have all the recommended vaccine doses, when they are due.”

As at December 2013, 98 per cent of five-year-olds in the Lithgow area were fully immunised.

In a report released by the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA), the Nepean-Blue Mountains Medicare Local area (which covers the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith) shows that more than 91 per cent of one-year-olds, 93 per cent per cent of two-year-olds and nearly 93 per cent of five-year-olds were fully immunised which were above the national average.

Immunisation rates for children in 2012-13 also revealed that Lithgow and Mudgee were among the top 20 postcode areas with the highest rate of children aged five years who were fully immunised.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have lower immunisation rates in comparison with all children in the NBMML area.

Only 87.8 per cent of one-year-olds and 87.8 per cent of two-year-olds are fully immunised.

The percentage of five-year-olds who are fully immunised has increased from 87.7 per cent in 2011-12 to 93.1 per cent in 2012-13.

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