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Plunket lends its support to National Immunisation Week

Plunket lends its support to National Immunisation Week

Media Release

24 April 2011
For immediate release

Plunket says National Immunisation Week, which kicks off on Saturday, is a wonderful opportunity to promote the importance of immunisation to communities throughout New Zealand.

Plunket clinical advisor Allison Jamieson says immunisation is a vitally important a tool to protect New Zealand families and communities.

“Vaccination is the most effective way to protect children from the many childhood diseases that can affect New Zealand families today. These are diseases that can have serious complications and are often spread by family members or friends.

“Immunisation has a profoundly positive effect not only on the individual but on the whole of the population thereby improving community immunity from the disease.

“Immunisation is a free, proven way that parents can protect their children against 11 serious diseases, including measles, mumps and rubella. It is never too late to catch up, even if a child has fallen behind on the immunisation schedule,” she says.

If parents are not sure when their child is due for immunisation they can check the immunisation schedule at www.plunket.org.nz or call their doctor.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre also offers information and advice about immunisation and preventing the spread of infection through its toll-free line 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) and website http://www.immune.org.nz

Plunket is one of many community groups that give immunisation information to parents and caregivers.

ENDS

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