- Category: Medical and Hospital
- Created: Thursday, 16 April 2015 14:20
Diseases don’t discriminate, and immunisation is your best protection, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Immunisation Coordinator Fiona Jackson says.
Those pearls of wisdom are among the key messages for National Immunisation Week which starts on Monday (20 April) and continues until Friday (24 April).
The week serves as a timely opportunity to remind the public that there are a range of vaccinations needed from the age of six-weeks-old to the annual flu vaccination for pensioners, Mrs Jackson said.
"While immunisation against flu is the hot topic of the moment, this week vaccinators across the country are reminding the public that ‘On Time, Every Time’ should be the catch-cry across one’s lifespan with regard to immunisation," she said.
"The National Immunisation Schedule is wide ranging. A baby can, in three vaccinations, one of which is oral, be immunised against rotavirus, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, hepatitis B, the bacteria haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcal disease.
"Then there are scheduled immunisations for a variety of diseases at 15 months, 4 years, 11 and 12 years, when pregnant, 45 and 65. Diseases like measles, mumps and rubella are covered.
"And we should not forget the annual flu vaccination. Those with serious health conditions, pregnant women and people aged 65 and over are high priority for this vaccine.
"The well population should also get immunised to limit the amount of influenza circulating in the community so as to protect those that are most vulnerable - Influenza. Don’t get it. Don’t give it.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks immunisation among the most cost-effective public health measures ever developed for prevention of disease and saving lives.
"The Ministry of Health’s key messages are that diseases don’t discriminate and immunisation is your best protection against some serious but preventable diseases," Mrs Jackson said. "To be best-protected, babies, children and adults all need to be protected on time, every time. Immunisation helps to protect your child, your family and our community."