.

 Vaccination rates across Cardinia Shire are above the state average.
Data released by the State Government on 8 February reveals 96.54 per cent of five-year-old children in Cardinia Shire are fully immunised, compared to 95.3 per cent of children state-wide.
The government has welcomed the figures, which are its best coverage rates in history, and fall above the 95 per cent ‘herd immunity’ target it deems necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles.
Research shows high rates of vaccination within an area provide protection to those who cannot receive vaccines themselves, such as babies who are too young or people who are restricted by medical conditions.
The record rates come as changes to strengthen ‘No Jab No Play’ laws are in the Parliament.
The proposed changes mean only immunisation history statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted by childcare and kindergarten providers upon a children’s enrolment.
The No Jab No Play legislation implemented in 2015 meant that as of January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria must provide evidence that the child is fully immunised for their age or on a vaccination catch-up program or unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.
According to the government, the latest proposed changes would reduce the risk of potentially false vaccination exemptions, which it argues puts community health and safety at risk.
The changes would also help simplify the enrolment process for early year’s education, it said.
“We know the more people who are vaccinated, the greater the protection for everyone,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“There is no debate, immunisation is safe, effective and saves lives.”

Comments are closed.

Your first stop before buying a home. View the whole picture.

More News

Cardinia Highway Patrol has spearheaded a crackdown on drug drivers, nabbing more than 20 in the past week alone. A Rye ...

A serial pest is harassing ratepayers in Officer with bizarre, racially-fuelled letters threatening to butcher their dogs. In six separate ...

Some Pakenham residents have been left scratching their heads at the naming of Pakenham’s newest primary school. According ...

La Trobe Liberal MP Jason Wood has defied his party’s support for live sheep exports, declaring another animal-welfare “disaster” ...

 A Pakenham Upper basketball fanatic has taken the first step towards achieving his dream, crowned metropolitan Melbourne’s ...

Berwick is among the top three suburbs whereby paramedics face threats to physical safety, according to a freedom of information ...

Latest Sport

The Pakenham Warriors came away with one win and two losses in Round 9 Big V action. The Division 2 Men were ...

The Richmond Football Club, together with VicHealth’s This Girl Can campaign and Aligned Leisure, is hosting a luncheon in ...

  AFL VICTORIA COMMUNITY CHAMPIONSHIPS WGFNC v MCDFNL – THE BEST ON GROUND MEDALIST   Phillip Island star Zak Vernon, at 26, ...