Wyndham parents are being reminded to take advantage of free immunisation sessions to help keep their children healthy
More than 93 per cent of Wyndham children are immunised—slightly above the Victorian average.
Wyndham’s 12-15 month cohort is at about 93 per cent and 24-27 months is at nearly 92 per cent—both above the state average—but our 60-63 month cohort is just below the state average at about 93 per cent. This means there is room for improvement.
“Wyndham has more children than most other municipalities in Victoria. While the vast majority of these children are up to date with their immunisations, more than 5,000 are not fully immunised,” Wyndham City’s Family Friendly City portfolio holder Cr Mia Shaw said.
“We consistently work out catch up immunisation programs for children not up to date or children from overseas”
“This puts them at a higher risk of contracting preventable diseases and could also pose a risk to other members of the community, especially infants and elderly people,” she added.
The Wyndham City Immunisation Unit runs public immunisation sessions to vaccinate against many diseases. The National Immunisation Program is a schedule of all free vaccines for babies, secondary students, right through to adults at 65 years of age.
“We consistently work out catch up immunisation programs for children not up to date or children from overseas. Council runs 15 immunisation sessions at 14 locations throughout the municipality every month. These sessions are extremely popular, with 650 children attending them each month on average,” said Cr Shaw.
“It’s vital that every parent knows just how important it is to have their children vaccinated. There is nothing worse than seeing a loved one struggle with an illness, especially when it is something that could be prevented by a quick visit to your local doctor or an immunisation session,” she explained.
“State and Federal laws mean your children can’t attend kinder or childcare if they haven’t had all their jabs, which is another reason to get them up to date. My son is fully vaccinated, and while it isn’t a pleasant experience having your young child immunised, it’s very important for their protection and that of the broader community,” added Cr Shaw.
For more information, visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/services/childrens-services/immunisations/about-immunisations