Immunisation vital for protection of New Zealand communities, Plunket

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Plunket welcomes the news that New Zealands childhood immunisation rate is now at a record high.

Particularly pleasing to see is the 14 per cent increase in the immunisation rate among the Maori and Pacific communities, says Plunket clinical advisor Allison Jamieson.

Immunisation is a vitally important a tool to protect New Zealand families and communities. Vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from the many childhood diseases that can affect New Zealand families today.

Allison says these diseases can have serious complications and are often spread by family members or friends.

Immunisation has a profoundly positive effect not only on the individual but on the whole of the population thereby improving community immunity from the disease.

Immunisation is a free, proven way that parents can protect their children against 11 serious diseases, including measles, mumps and rubella. It is never too late to catch up, even if a child has fallen behind on the immunisation schedule, she says.

If parents are not sure when their child is due for immunisation they can check the immunisation schedule at www.plunket.org.nz or call their doctor.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre also offers information and advice about immunisation and preventing the spread of infection through its toll-free line 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) and website http://www.immune.org.nz .

Plunket is one of many community groups that give immunisation information to parents and caregivers. For more information about immunisation you can talk to a Plunket nurse or call PlunketLine on 0800 933 922 (24hours 7 days)

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For more information contact

Allison Jamieson

Plunket Clinical Advisor

04 470 4992

Allison.jamieson@plunket.org.nz

Nikki Hooper

External Communications Executive

04 470 4951; 021 405 842

Nikki.hooper@plunket.org.nz

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