Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced that for the fifth year running Canberrans have immunised their children more than the rest of the country:
“In the June 2011 quarter data released by the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) shows the ACT is above the national average in all three reportable age ranges. The Territory recorded the highest national rate for children aged 12-15 months, the second highest for children 5 years of age, and the third highest for children aged 2 years,” the Chief Minister said.
More than 90% of children in each of these age groups were reported as being fully vaccinated for their age. “The report also shows the ACT is above the national average for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in every age range, and received the highest national immunisation coverage rates in children aged 2 and 5 years of age. “The ACT Health Directorate is reminding parents to immunise their children to protect them against vaccine preventable diseases at the right time,” the Chief Minister said. Children are due for immunisations at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months of age and again at 4 years. Babies can safely receive their first immunisations from 6 weeks of age and the 4 year old immunisations can be given from when a child is 3 years and 6 months of age.
Well done everyone, and for the nutters holding out; seriously give yourself an uppercut.