New campaign to encourage parents to ‘Get the facts about Immunisation’
Posted on Thursday, 17 August, 2017
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he
welcomes the launch a new ‘Get the Facts about Immunisation’ campaign to
encourage Australian parents and carers to get their children vaccinated.
“We know parents want evidence based
information to support decision making about childhood vaccinations, so we’re
making it easier to ‘get the facts’ about immunisation,” Mr Ramsey said.
“Immunisation rates in Australia are already
high, with over 93 per cent of five-year-old children fully vaccinated. But
there are some areas where the immunisation rate is too low.
“Some areas in Grey, have immunisation rates
as low as 85.71% for two year olds . It is these areas of low coverage which
pose risks to the community, especially to people who can’t be vaccinated, like
newborns and those with medical reasons.”
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said this
new $5.5 million campaign will reach parents in these areas of Grey through
child care services and online communication channels, such as social media.
“Research has shown that when people are fully
informed about the benefits of vaccination, they are more likely to vaccinate,”
Minister Hunt said.
This includes important facts such as:
Vaccines strengthen your
child’s immune system.
All childhood diseases we
vaccinate against can cause serious illness, including death.
All vaccines available in
Australia have been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness and are
Immunisation is a safe
and effective way of giving protection against diseases such as whooping cough
“Stories of parents losing their young
children to these horrible diseases are simply heartbreaking,” Minister Hunt
“I would like to thank the Hughes and
McCaffery families, who shared their heart breaking stories as part of the
Riley Hughes and Dana McCaffery were both only
a month old when they died of a vaccine-preventable disease. They were both too
young to be vaccinated, so like all other newborns, relied on the rest of the
community being vaccinated to offer protection.
The new campaign also features Immunologist
and 2006 Australian of the Year, Professor Ian Frazer.
Professor Frazer’s credible, evidence-based
information about childhood immunisation is one of the great strengths of this
“Ensuring parents are fully informed about
immunisation is vital in ensuring we increase the rates of immunisation across
Australia in the 0 to 5 age group,” Professor Frazer AC said.
“Australia has a strong immunisation record
which has seen a reduction in disease in this country, however we still see
cases of disease outbreaks, particularly in areas of low immunisation coverage,
so it’s important immunisation rates are as high as possible.
“Vaccines work to protect children against
being infected by these diseases. A parent will never know when their child may
come into contact with someone who has got one of these infections, so the best
way to protect children from these diseases, is to make sure they’re fully
You can find out more information about the
campaign by visiting www.immunisationfacts.gov.au.
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744
August 14 2017