The Palaszczuk Government has unveiled a vaccination drive to help achieve 95% immunisation among young Queenslanders.
Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick today said the government will contact the parents of every child under the age of five in Queensland who is not up to date with their vaccinations through 13 HEALTH.
Families will then be connected with their local GPs or vaccination clinics to assist them get up-to-date by January 1, 2016.
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“Up to 35,000 children under five in Queensland are either not vaccinated or behind schedule,” Mr Dick said.
“Our focus is making sure those kids who’ve missed out on the health benefits of vaccination get a chance to catch up.
“Recent state and federal government changes make it not just a public health issue but one that will directly impact family budgets.
“This is about bringing the community together and doing everything we can to help families get the job done.
“Using 13HEALTH is the quickest and best way to let parents know their child is not up-to-date with vaccinations.
“This is only one rung in the ladder of achieving 95% immunisation but it’s an important one.”
For the drive, Queensland Health will partner with the Australian Medical Association Queensland, local councils, GPs and Hospital and Health Services.
AMA Queensland President Dr Chris Zappala welcomed the announcement.
“The best place to get your children vaccinated is your family GP. AMA Queensland has been advocating a greater focus on vaccination to protect us all, and this program is a step in the right direction.”
Today’s announcement builds on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to raising vaccination rates across the state.
Support is also being made available with a specialist vaccination clinic through Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
The government has initially allocated $1.5 million to contact families and set up additional clinics.