Gold Coast families with unvaccinated children could expect a call from Queensland Health within the next month, as the State Government begins a crackdown on kids who are not up to date with their immunisations.
It comes after it was revealed parts of the Gold Coast have one of the lowest immunisation rates for one-year-old’s in the country, with just 86.2% of children vaccinated compared to 94% across the state.
“We need to do more to make sure kids are vaccinated,” Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said.
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Minister Miles revealed the Queensland Government was today launching a new program to help increase vaccination rates in areas of concern, including the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
“We have to try new things,” Mr Miles said.
“Kids in these areas are at risk of serious illnesses caused by vaccine preventable diseases.”
He said the program, expected to cost up to $1 million, would include offering families in-home visits, link them to a local clinic or immunisation provider or provide them with the opportunity to discuss questions or concerns about vaccinations with a heath professional.
“The program will aim to ensure that children 3 months to 5 years who are overdue for immunisations in the Gold Coast are offered options to get up to date with immunisations, including a home visit option, up to the end of March 2019,” the Minister said in a statement.
It’s understood around 3850 Gold Coast children are currently on the radar of Queensland Health.