This week is the World Health Organisation (WHO) World Immunisation Week (24-30 April) and the Western NSW Local Health District hopes to raise awareness of the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
This year's theme 'Protected Together: Vaccines Work' encourages people at every level, from country contributors to the general public to go further in their efforts to increase immunisation coverage for the greater good world-wide.
Western NSW Local Health District Manager Health Protection, Priscilla Stanley said vaccination is the best way to protect your child from serious diseases.
“Each vaccine plays an important role, so timely vaccination is the best way to protect your child," Priscilla said.
“The NSW Health website offers parents access to comprehensive information on immunisation as well as easy-to-use free tools designed to help you save the date to vaccinate."
The immunisation schedule provides a summary of the vaccines that your child needs and the ages at which they should be given.
“Delaying vaccination when your little one is feeling off colour is a normal response. But the truth is, even if they have a runny nose or slight cold they can still receive their shots," Priscilla said.
Timely vaccination is the best way to keep your child protected from serious vaccine-preventable diseases. So book ahead, make an appointment with your doctor. Download one of the handy tools on the website to help you save the date to vaccinate.
Priscilla said the more people vaccinate their children, the more we can control serious vaccine-preventable diseases.
“At times, parents can come across mixed and often confusing messages about immunisation. If you have any concerns about immunisation, you should discuss these with your GP or health professional," she said.
All adults can play an important role in spreading the word about vaccinating on time. Each person who is vaccinated on time makes the community stronger as a whole. It is important that the whole family is up to date with their vaccinations.
Adult immunisation is critical to prevent transmission of serious vaccine-preventable diseases. Just because you were immunised as a child does not mean you are protected as an adult. If you are unsure of your immunisation status speak to your GP or immunisation service provider.
A range of other useful links which can provide you with more information are available on NSW Health Website.
For more information, visit the World Immunisation Week website.