Vaccination Drive for healthier Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government has unveiled a vaccination drive to help achieve 95% immunisation among young Queenslanders.

The Member for Nudgee, Leanne Linard said the government will contact the parents of every five-year-old child in the Nudgee Electorate 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.

“Up to 35,000 children under five in Queensland are either not vaccinated or behind schedule,” Ms Linard said.

“In Metro North HHS, only 93.3% are fully vaccinated by the time they are five years old.

“Using 13HEALTH is the quickest and best way to let parents know their child is not up-to-date with vaccinations.

“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.”

Under new Queensland Government legislation introduced by Mr Dick, childcare centres will be able to refuse entry to children who have not had a full course of vaccinations.

Changes made by the Abbott Government which also kick in from January 1 mean that families currently accessing benefits under Family Tax Benefit A and B as well as the Childcare Benefit will lose that benefit unless their child has had a full course of immunisations.

“This is about bringing the community together and doing everything we can to help families get the job done,” Ms Linard said.

For the drive, Queensland Health will partner with the Australian Medical Association Queensland, local councils, GPs and Hospital and Health Services.

Media Contact: Nudgee Electorate Office, Ph 3638 7100

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