Put immunisation on your back to school checklist

The start of a new school year is almost here and now is the time to ensure your child is protected and up-to-date with their immunisations.

Childhood vaccination not only protects your child, it also safeguards others around your child, including young babies and infants.

Recently there have been a number of cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in young babies and infants in the Northern Territory.

Parents are now being asked to provide their child’s vaccination record upon school enrolment. This information helps prevent the spread of disease by ensuring that in the case of an outbreak, children who are not protected can be excluded from school to protect their health.

Information about your child’s vaccination history can be obtained by calling the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 or by calling the Northern Territory Immunisation Register on 08 8922 8315, both during office hours.

Immunisations on the National Immunisation Program are available free from urban Primary Health Centre, general practitioners, Aboriginal Medical Services or remote health clinics.

More information about immunisation can be found on the Northern Territory immunisation website.

Immunisation nurse, Jayne Porter with first time student Tara Samjowan.