Lifestyle

Fraser Coast hospitals aim to improve immunisation rate

FRASER Coast hospitals will share in $3 million to improve the region's immunisation rate, with about 5% of children aged 4-5 across the Wide Bay not fully vaccinated.

Queensland Health figures show the Wide Bay's vaccination rate already rose from 93% at the end of the 2012-13 financial year to 94.7% at the end of March 2014.

This compared to a Queensland-wide rate of 92.8% at the end of March.

Wide Bay Health and Hospital Service public health physician and director of public health Dr Margaret Young said the service wanted to close that gap even further.

She said the WBHHS believed the reason only about 2-3% of children who weren't immunised was because their parents objected to vaccines.

Dr Young said the other fraction was a combination of parents unsure about vaccinations or those who just hadn't kept up to date with their child's immunisation schedule.

"They're busy families, or families who have other priorities and overlook vaccinations," she said.

Dr Young said the WBHHS could better address these two groups of parents and already had programs in place such as mailing reminders to parents and supporting GPs.

She said immunisation was a matter not only of the individual's health, but of community health.

"There is no room for complacency," she said.

"This is an incredible time for vaccines."

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the $3 million of funding would operate as a bonus to local health services to boost vaccination rates.

It will be made available in the next financial year.

Dr Young urged parents with concerns about vaccinations to seek credible information.

Wide Bay full vaccination rates for 4-5 year olds

  • 2008-09 82%
  • 2009-10 84.1%
  • 2010-11 91.2%
  • 2011-12 92.1%
  • 2012-13 - 93% (compared to 91.5% for Queensland.)

These figures are affected by a change to the second dose of measles, which is now given at age 4 instead of 5.

Topics:  fraser coast, hospital, immunisation, wide bay health and hospital service



Fire crews work to contain blaze at Burrum

Emergency services arrive at a rollover near Hervey Bay.

Sixteen rural crews, an urban crew and QPWS were called to the blaze

State's new smoke-free laws kick in today

BUTT OUT: From September 1, 2016 the minimum penalty for breaches of the state's new smoke-free laws will be $243, up to a maximum of $2,438.

The new smoke-free laws from September 1 will be...

How high? Twin 20-storey high-rises plan for "over 50s"

A development application has been lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build two skyscrapers in Hervey Bay.

Developer says Bay needs to move with the times.

Local Partners

Love is in the air on The Bachelor, but not for Kiki

The Bachelor Australia contestant Kirralee 'Kiki' Morris.

BACHELORETTE bows out gracefully as show enters its final weeks.

A $65,000 bathroom? The Block's incredible budget blow-outs

The Block contestants Julia and Sasha spent a whopping $65,000 on their first renovated room.

TEAMS deliver most expensive en-suites in reno show's history.

Gympie Muster couch dumps down, but still a problem

TIPPING POINT: After an appalling year of couches being dumped at the end of the last Muster, festival organisers have taken litterbugs to task

EFFORTS to combat post-Muster couch dumping are proving effective

Cryptic crosswords: Top clues to solving them

Your guide to solving the cryptic crosswords in your local paper

Muster wristbands yield $21,000 in unclaimed refunds

Muster-goers collectively left about $21,000 worth of unused spending funds when they failed to claim back money on their bands after exiting the Muster.

Muster wristbands yield $21,000 windfall for organisers

How high? Twin 20-storey high-rises plan for "over 50s"

A development application has been lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build two skyscrapers in Hervey Bay.

Developer says Bay needs to move with the times.

City View Hotel: From a pub to a backpackers

NEW LIFE: Hamish Parker has purchsed the City View Hotel and wants to turn it into an accomodation venue.

Architect picks up a little piece of history for a steal

Bunnings starts demolition of historic foundry buildings

SAWTOOTH GONE: Demolition of Foundry sawtooth shed to make way for new Bunnings building.

Lane and footpath closures will take place

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd