• JAB: Belinda McGrath, with her seven month old son Cove, is one of every mother within the Yarriambiack Shire that has ensured immunisation has reached a 100 percent rate with Maternal and Child Health nurse Nannette Freckleton.

KIDS in Yarriambiack Shire are now better protected against vaccine-preventable diseases with the local area exceeding the ambitious herd immunity target of 95 per cent – its best immunisation coverage in history.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, announced the latest figures from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register last week that show Yarriambiack Shire is one of only five councils in Victoria to reach a 100 percent success rate.
Since the introduction of the State Government’s tough No Jab No Play laws, there has been a consistent increase in immunisation rates for Victorian children.
The figures show Yarriambiack Shire along with Central Goldfields Shire, Buloke Shire, Strathbogie Shire and the Borough of Queenscliffe were the only council areas to record 100% success.
“It is particularly pleasing to see the high percentage of young children vaccinated throughout the State and the region in 2017,” said Yarriambiack Shire CEO, Ray Campling.
“I am under the impression that the Yarriambiack Shire is one of just five local government areas to achieve the 100% vaccination rate of children aged between 60 and 63 months which is obviously a positive and wonderful result,” he said.
“From these findings it would very much indicate that our community have definitely endorsed and supported the State Governments initiative to strengthen its No Jab No Pay Law and believe that immunization is safe, effective ,beneficial and protects children from potentially life threatening and vaccine preventable diseases,” Mr Campling said.
“Definitely an outstanding outcome and well done parents,” he said.
Victoria’s immunisation rate has risen from 93 percent in 2016, and at 95.3 percent is the third highest rate in Australia behind Tasmania and the ACT.
The 95 percent ‘herd immunity’ target is necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles.
High rates of vaccination provide important protection for those who cannot receive vaccines, such as babies who are too young or people who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons.
Ms Pulford said the Labor Government takes a strong approach to vaccination.
“These are more than just statistics. This is about protecting kids in Yarriambiack Shire from deadly, vaccine-preventable diseases,” Ms Pulford said.
Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, said vaccination ensured the whole community was protected.
“We know the more people who are vaccinated, the greater the protection for everyone. There is no debate. Immunisation is safe, effective and saves lives,” Ms Hennessy said.