Good for the herd

Paul Hayes

23/04/2019 12:10:21 PM

GPs are reminding patients of the importance of up-to-date vaccinations in order to ensure herd immunity and keep vulnerable people protected.

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Dr Harry Nespolon believes herd immunity is ‘particularly crucial for protecting people who cannot be vaccinated’, including young children, people with immune problems, and those who are too unwell.

‘Herd immunity can effectively stop the spread of disease in the community,’ RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon said.
‘It is particularly crucial for protecting people who cannot be vaccinated, including children who are too young to be vaccinated, people with immune-system problems, and those who are too ill to receive vaccines.’
Dr Nespolon said Australia’s ability to eradicate illnesses like polio and tuberculosis is evidence of the value of herd immunity.
‘However, if herd immunity is not maintained outbreaks can and do happen,’ he said. ‘For example, the recent measles outbreak that has affected individuals throughout the world in both developed and developing nations.
‘As a community we cannot be complacent. Every year the flu – an avoidable illness – contributes to an average of 3000 deaths and 18,000 hospital admissions in Australia.
‘Vaccines in Australia have been proven to be safe and effective for nearly all members of our community.’


Visit the Department of Health website for more information on the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

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