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Immunise your children before 2017 school year starts

23 January 2017

The Department of Health is encouraging parents to check that their children’s immunisations are up to date as they prepare for the start of the 2017 school year.

Kids eating lunch at school

While parents are busy ticking off their back-to-school check list, it should be a timely reminder to ensure their children are protected from 16 vaccine preventable diseases.

Ensuring your child’s immunisations are up to date will keep them protected and help stop the spread of these diseases in the community.

The childhood immunisation program is free through the National Immunisation Program. Parents should check with their health provider whether a consultation fee is applied, but many providers bulk bill for childhood immunisations.

Parents should also be aware that children must be fully vaccinated for parents to be eligible to receive family assistance payments – through the No Jab No Pay policy.

In Western Australia, 91.5 per cent of pre-school aged children are fully immunised. However, at least 95 per cent of children must be fully immunised to effectively prevent outbreaks of highly infectious diseases like measles.

The classroom environment, where children were in close proximity to each other, means diseases can spread quickly between children who were not fully vaccinated.

Parents who are unsure about their child’s immunisation history can visit the Medicare Australia website to get a record of past immunisations.

Learn more about where to get immunised and immunisation programs.