We're fans of the jab! City tops immunisation rates
TOOWOOMBA has one of the highest immunisation rates in Queensland, according to national data released this month.
The National Health Performance Authority reports showed 92% of one-year-olds, 93% of two-year-old and 92% of five-year-olds in Toowoomba are fully immunised.
The report provided a snapshot of immunisations rates across Australia during the 2011-2012 financial year.
Darling Downs South-West Queensland Medical Local CEO Andrew Harvey said the figures were encouraging.
Immunisation is extremely important not only for individuals, but for the community
"The Toowoomba figures are pretty good. There were other areas across Australia that were far worse off than us," Mr Harvey said.
"It is medically proven that immunisation protects children from diseases.
"Immunisation is very important for the wellbeing of any community.
"As with anything though we can always do better," he said.
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Mr Harvey said the detailed report will assist DDSWQ Medicare Local to identify any barriers or concerns parents might have in relation to immunisation.
"We are fortunate to live in a time when our children do not need to suffer from vaccine-preventable illnesses," he said.
"Vaccinations improve the overall wellbeing of families and our whole community. Parents want to make the best decisions for their children and I would encourage parents, guardians and carers to seek advice from their doctor or local immunisation clinic."
Toowoomba general practitioner Dr Debra Carroll said immunisation was free to all children living in Australia.
"Immunisation is extremely important not only for individuals, but for the community," Dr Carroll said.
"Immunisations that are currently funded by the federal government include diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, mumps, measles, rubella, meningococcal and chicken pox.
"The benefits of having a child immunised far outweigh any negatives."
The report showed in Toowoomba, of the 2058 registered one-year-olds, 1903 were fully immunised, of the 2068 registered two-year-olds, 1927 were fully immunised and of the 2048 registered five-year-olds, 1881 were fully immunised.