Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Day One of Immunisation Registers


MEDIA RELEASE, 26 January 2000

Re Immunisation registers in schools

Health Minister Annette King today visited Newtown School in Wellington to mark the first day immunisation registers take effect in primary schools.

Mrs King said that from now on parents enrolling new entrants in schools would be asked to present an immunisation certificate that shows what vaccines their child has received. Until now immunisation certificates have only been requested in early childcare centres.

"The immunisations registers are a tool which, in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease, will help the school and Medical Officers of Health quickly identify children at risk and take the appropriate action to control the spread of the disease.

"The register will also remind parents to check that their child is up to date with all their immunisations, and, if not, to ensure the immunisations are completed. "

Mrs King said the register was particularly important at this time of year, with children returning to school after the summer holidays.

The number of people who contracted vaccine-preventable diseases depended on the community vaccination coverage, she said. "If people are immunised, it can prevent the development of epidemics in which large numbers of children can be affected, placing severe strain on families and hospitals.

"New Zealand has already been hit with a Pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic which last year affected 839 people, and health experts are warning a measles epidemic could strike any time within the next three years.

"These types of diseases are highly contagious and immunisation is an effective way of protecting the health of your child. It may not give total protection, but immunised children tend to suffer from a milder illness."

Mrs King said immunisation, which was free for children up to the age of 16, could provide protection against nine vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, polio, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus, haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), and Hepatitis B.

For further information contact John Harvey (04) 471 9305.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need.

And I’m hedging with the ‘could well’ only because the Ardern government hasn’t yet spelled out whether the name change it has announced will also involve a rejection of the controversial use of Big Data to try and predict those children deemed to be at highest risk of inter-generational reliance on welfare support. More>>

 

Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>

ALSO:

Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>

ALSO:

RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>

ALSO:

'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages