The World Health Organisation estimates that immunisation currently averts roughly 2 to 3 million deaths every year. Despite the ongoing success of immunisation programs, complacency about the need for timely vaccinations has become more prevalent in NSW. World Immunisation Week (24-30 April) reminds us all about the importance of vaccinating our children and ourselves against the nasties we once faced.
At the moment about 10 per cent of children aged one, two and five are not being properly immunised. But after a recent change in New South Wales State health legislation, getting vaccinated has become easier than ever. Alongside booking a doctor’s appointment to receive the jab, you can alternately just pop into your local chemist where trained and accredited pharmacists can now also perform vaccinations. Permitting pharmacists to provide this essential service will make it easier for people to have their vaccinations administered on time thus protecting themselves and the entire community.
If you visit the World Immunisation Day website and get the facts on immunisation you quickly realise how lucky we are in Australia. We owe it to ourselves and our families to keep our immunisation rates high - each person vaccinated on time builds our resistance as a community to these preventable diseases.