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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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High uptake of immunisation shots

New figures show in 2013, 98% of babies received their primary set of immunisations in the island.

The annual statistics are from Jersey’s Public Health. Despite the high uptake rate, Doctors are still urging people not to become complacent.

The injections protect against diseases such as whooping cough and Hib meningitis.

Over 95% of one-year-olds received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and more than 93% of Children had their pre-school booster vaccine.

Dr Linda Diggle, Head of Healthcare Programmes said: “Every child deserves a healthy start in life and we’re extremely pleased that the 2013 figures demonstrate how the vast majority of Jersey parents are choosing to protect their children through immunisation.” 

“We all know how hectic life is as a parent and it would be easy to put off immunisation. It’s also easy to become complacent and to wonder whether immunisations are still as important. The answer is that without continual high levels of immunisation uptake amongst children, we would eventually see diseases re-emerging in the island. Three years ago we worked with GPs to make pre-school immunisations as accessible as possible for Jersey parents, and the Public Health team try and help busy working parents by sending them reminders when their children’s vaccines are due. These 2013 statistics show that GP practices have been working very hard and that parents are proactively taking steps to protect their child’s health.”

Dr Diggle confirmed that further immunisation changes are planned for the future. 

She said: “It’s a fact of life that the immunisation schedule needs to change periodically to keep pace with changes in the patterns of disease, also with new evidence and knowledge,” 

Parents wishing to know more about the full childhood immunisation schedule can find detailed information at here

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