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World Immunization Week 2016

Close the immunization Gap - Immunisation for all throughout Life

World Immunisation Week – celebrated in the last week of April - aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world's most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

World Immunisation Week 2016

Immunity for Community

Immunising yourself or your children is important for not only your health, but also for the health of your community because when enough people are immunised diseases no longer spread.

Herd immunity is achieved when enough people are immunised against a disease to protect those who can’t be.

Watch and share the story of six month old Sonny who can't be immunised due to medical reasons →

"Sonny is 6 months old, he has a rare immune deficiency disorder which prevents him from being immunised. So it means he doesn’t, his body doesn’t make any immunity to illnesses, infections so if he were to get the cold for instance it’s harder for him to get rid of it, he’ll need a lot more antibiotics to clear it up."

"Day to day or week to week he has an infusion where plasma gets infused into his leg. So I think we just rely on the hope that the community out there that do donate their blood and plasma are vaccinated so then they do have a healthy immune system which then can be passed on to Sonny."

"I think people don’t realise when they think about whether they want to immunise their babies, their children, they just think about their specific circumstance and their children whereas it’s the broader community that is effected. Yeah, it affects not just your child, but all the children that your child comes into contact with, whether it’s at school or day care centres and things like that."

"I think there is a lot of misleading information on the internet but if they just went to their GP they’d be able to find the science behind it and just the facts rather than gossip and what they have been hearing from friends and things like that. "

"It’s important to understand that the most vulnerable in our community can’t always receive vaccines including young babies, the elderly, or those with lowered immunity and they rely on us to vaccinate our children to protect them."

It’s a gift to be able to vaccinate your children so please, please do it. "

This Case Study highlighted for World Immunsiation Week 2016 from the Betterhealth Channel was also featured in The Age: 24/04/2016

Government push to boost immunisation rates →