Whanganui achieves best 8-month-old immunisation result in the country

23 July 2013
News that Whanganui was New Zealand’s number one immuniser for 8-month old children in the second quarter of this year is being celebrated by health workers across the Whanganui district.

Thanks to a big push by the district’s GP practices; the Whanganui Regional Primary Health Organisation (WRPHO) Child Health team; Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority;  Wanganui Hospital’s paediatric, Emergency Department and Whanganui Accident and Medical staff; and Whanau Ora and Tamariki Ora Well Child providers, 96 percent of 8-month-olds received their immunisations on time and children of all ethnicities and deprivation levels received at least 95 percent coverage.

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) maternal child and youth health portfolio manager Jon Buchan says for Whanganui to be the top performing DHB for 8-month-old immunisations during the 1 April to 30 June period is a feather in the cap for everyone involved.
“This is what ‘team effort’ is all about,” Mr Buchan says. “And now that we’ve shown what we can achieve for 8-month-olds I hope we’ll see similar results for our other age groups.
“No matter what age a child is, it’s important to remember that even if families decline or miss a child’s immunisation it’s never too late to ‘catch up’.
“I urge families to give their child or children the opportunity to receive missed vaccinations. Immunising our children against preventable diseases is one the best things we can do for them and those they come in contact with.
“To see if your child or children are up to date with their immunisations, please contact your general practitioner (GP) practice.”