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Indigenous bubbas encouraged to get their jabs

Parents in Indigenous Queensland communities will have access to more information about childhood immunisation for their children.

It is World Immunisation Week and this year the World Health Organization is highlighting the steps countries can take to close the immunisation gap and meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young emphasised the importance of parents being educated about childhood immunisation.

"Indigenous children need to have additional vaccines at some ages and the Bubba Jabs materials will help remind parents what immunisations are due and when," Dr Young said.

"It's crucial that all parents know how important it is to ensure their children are fully immunised on time or as close as possible to their due date to ensure the best protection from life-threatening diseases for their child.

"Parents are keen to find out more about what they need to do and when they need to do it when it comes to immunisation, and the Bubba Jabs materials will help them do just that.

"It provides more information about the vaccination schedule for Indigenous children and includes a handy magnet which parents can use to write on due dates for their children's immunisations."

Parents are also encouraged to download the free VacciDate app for smart phones, which allows parents to create a profile for their child and receive reminders when vaccinations are due. Parents can also make and schedule vaccination appointments in their phone through the app.

The Bubba Jabs immunisation materials are being distributed across the state to all hospital and health services, some vaccine service providers and local public health units.

For more information about childhood immunisation visit qld.gov.au/vaccinate

Last updated: 4 July 2016