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Protect your herd with up-to-date vaccinations

Queenslanders are encouraged to protect their herd in a bid to boost immunisation rates across the state.

Queensland Health has today launched a new social media campaign to promote the importance of vaccinations, not only for individuals but also the community.

Executive Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Heidi Carroll said ensuring the community has the right information about vaccinations is a top priority for Queensland Health.

“We’re doing what we can to educate the community about the importance of vaccination, not only for yourself but also to indirectly protect the most vulnerable people in our society,” she said.

“Immunisation is a simple and effective way to protect yourself, your loved ones and the people around you who can’t receive vaccinations because they are too young or have weak immune systems.

“When 95 per cent of the community is vaccinated against a disease, we reach herd immunity, which means we have the best chance to control transmission for most vaccine preventable diseases.”

Dr Carroll said misinformed views on immunisation can cause serious harm to the community.

“Many anti-vaccination claims are based on poorly conducted studies that have been discredited or disproven, such as claims that vaccinations cause SIDS or autism,” she said.

“These claims are entirely baseless, irresponsible and dangerous.

“The vast majority of mums and dads take the important step of protecting their kids through vaccination – it’s the normal thing to do, the sensible thing to do and the responsible thing to do.

“While our immunisation rates are generally very good across the state, there are some pockets in Queensland where vaccination rates have dipped below 70 per cent – it’s just not good enough.

“That’s why we’re working with communities to better educate Queenslanders so everyone understands how vaccination works and why it’s so important.”

Dr Carroll said immunisation is one of the greatest medical breakthroughs and has saved countless lives across the globe from deadly diseases.

“They’re called vaccine-preventable diseases for a reason – they’re preventable.

“Fifty years ago, diseases like polio and measles were killing thousands of people, particularly children, each year.

“Thanks to vaccines, it’s now rare for death to occur from these diseases.

“The best thing that can be done to maximise community protection and reduce transmission of vaccine preventable diseases is for everyone that can be vaccinated to do so and stay up to date.”

ENDS

Media contact: 3708 5376

Last updated: 8 May 2018