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January 28, 2011

Good progress in child immunisation coverage

GP practices and the Outreach Immunisation Service's strong commitment to achieving the Government's health target to fully immunise 95 per cent of two-year-olds is paying dividends.

West Coast District Health Board Chief Executive David Meates has congratulated West Coast primary health care workers for increasing the coverage rate from 82 percent for the 12 month period ending September 2010 to 85 percent for the 12 month period to the end of December 2010.

However, Mr Meates says it's important to note there are some challenges to achieving the Government's target of 95 percent.

"On the West Coast, 6.5 percent of parents decline to have their children immunised and another 6.3 percent have chosen not to have their child's immunisation status recorded on the National Immunisation Registrar. Accordingly, unless these statistics change the West Coast DHB will never be able to achieve the health target of 95 percent."

The West Coast DHB is aware of only 1.9 percent of West Coast two-year olds who are yet to be immunised.

Mr Meates says the other challenge is the figures are prone to considerable variation because the West Coast's has a small population.

Information on childhood immunisation can be obtained at general practices and other healthcare providers or can be obtained from www.healthed.govt.nz.

ENDS

 

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