Whanganui Maori exceed Whanganui European immunisation rates
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27 June 2013
 
In the three months from 1 January to 31 March 2013, immunisation rates for Whanganui Maori children at two years of age, exceeded the rate for Whanganui European children in the same age group.
 
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) maternal child and youth health portfolio manager Jon Buchan said the DHB is very pleased with the result which shows that Whanganui DHB Maori providers, GP practices, the PHO immunisation outreach team, WAM, the Emergency Department and paediatric service staff are working together well to reduce inequities in immunisation status.
 
While the immunisation rate of two-year-old Maori children reached the 95 percent target,
and Pacific, Asian and other ethnicities reached 100 percent, the rate for Whanganui European two-year-olds was a disappointing 88 percent which Mr Buchan said everyone involved is working hard to improve.
 
He said it was comforting to see that Whanganui equalled the 90 percent national average immunisation of two-year olds but “clearly, our aim is to reach, and exceed, the target for children of all ethnicities living in our district”.
 
The target results for fully immunised eight-month-old children make good reading. Against the 85 percent target, the Whanganui average was 92 percent (3 percent above the national average), New Zealand European and Maori children were well above target on 93 percent, Asian 100 percent and other ethnicities, 84 percent.
 
Mr Buchan said immunisation is an ongoing programme for health staff and families with young children.
 
“I encourage people to ask their family members if their pepe/babies have been immunised. In the spirit of Whanau Ora, we want the wider family to feel involved with this very important issue.”