Health is reminding parents to download a free reminder App to their smart phones to
help ensure their children are fully immunised on time against
Director of Health Protection, Dr Jeremy McAnulty, said recent outbreaks
in NSW of measles and whooping cough means babies and young children are most
“Timely immunisation is the best protection we can give to our children,"
Dr McAnulty said.
“We all know parents lead busy lives and time is of the essence. The Save the Date to Vaccinate App makes it
quick and easy to remember when their children’s vaccinations are due."
“Parents enter their child’s name and birth date, as well as their GP’s
contact details, and the App automatically calculates the next immunisation due date.
“It then sends a series of
reminders to prompt the parent to call their GP to schedule an appointment for
each immunisation. Parents can make that call straight from the App.”
Dr McAnulty said "the
innovative App is the centerpiece of the Save the Date to Vaccinate campaign which was first launched last
year and is part of
a long-term strategy by NSW Health to improve on-time childhood vaccination
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“The Save the Date to Vaccinate
App had proved to be very popular with more than 42,000 downloads since it was
launched in 2013,” he said.
“While about 90 per cent of
children at one year of age in NSW are fully immunised, 95 per cent coverage is
needed for effective disease control.
data from last year’s campaign shows that about one-third of parents reported
that at least one of their children were immunised late, with many wrongly
believing that delaying “for a few weeks” didn’t matter.
really important that parents understand the importance of on-time immunisation
as delays of just a few weeks can leave a child unprotected and at risk of a
serious preventable disease.
vaccinations need several doses to build long lasting protection – that’s why
it’s important for children to complete the full recommended schedule of
vaccinations at the recommended times.”
to protect against a range of diseases are provided free of charge to children
under the National Immunisation Program.
The NSW Health Save the Date to Vaccinate campaign
website includes resources such as a printable Personalised Vaccination
Schedules and immunisation videos.
Download the SAVE THE DATE App
or print a Personalised Vaccination Schedule at www.immunisation.health.nsw.gov.au
For a range of health
information, go online to www.health.nsw.gov.au