CH parents still hot on vaccinations
EMERALD parents are making a point about vaccinations, with rates above the state and national average in the region.
Bubs are facing the jab and getting their shots more than ever in the Central Highlands, despite the immunisation clinic at the Emerald Hospital closing its doors in 2012.
According to figures from Queensland Health, 94.2% of 12-month-olds, 94.3% of two-year-old and 93% of four-year-olds were vaccinated as of September 30 last year.
Dr Ewen McPhee said local parents should be congratulated for such high vaccination rates.
"High rates reduce the risks to all children in the community of common conditions such as measles, mumps, meningitis and rubella," Dr McPhee
"The most common epidemic we have is that of whooping cough.
"High immunisation rates protect people in the community who cannot be immunised or are too young.
"Constant vigilance is needed though as already in some parts of the world we are seeing a recurrence of polio, a disease we had thought eradicated."
With a concern that the closure of the clinic two years ago would see vaccination rates decreasing in the region, Dr McPhee said he was glad parents were continuing to vaccinate despite having to go to their GP.