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Vaccination push targets new parents

GP Hayley Skidmore with kids Elijah, Jayda and Anastasia. Photo: Supplied As winter approaches, so do flu vaccines. Photo: Ulrich Baumgarten
Nanjing Night Net

New parents on the fence about vaccination are being targeted in a new push from health authorities to lift worryingly low immunisation rates in some areas.

Inner Brisbane, the western suburbs and the hinterland north of the city have among the worst vaccination rates in the state, with more than one in 10 children not fully vaccinated.

Milton and Paddington, along with well-off suburbs such as Noosa and Surfers Paradise, were among the state’s anti-immunisation hotspots according to data released in February.

The inner Brisbane enclave, the hinterland west of Caboolture and the Redcliffe area are the major targets of a new campaign fronted by medical professionals and parents.

The messages from “medical mums” such as GP Hayley Skidmore explain it’s understandable for parents to have questions about immunisation but to make sure they go to the right places for answers.

“(Parents should be) looking at the Australian government information handbook, the Brisbane north website, places like that we’re you’re getting the correct information, not just doing a google search or a Wikipedia search,” she said.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there and it only takes one person to know one person who’s had a child have a vaccine injury of some sort and it spreads very quickly.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.