Parents urged to vaccinate as students head back to school

WITH school students in the Clarence Valley heading back to the books next week, parents are being urged to make sure their children's immunisations are up to date, or consider immunising their children if they aren't already.

North Coast Medicare Local's Immunisation project officer Rachelle Deaker said while vaccination rates are about 90-91% across the country, the North Coast of NSW still had communities where immunisation rates are 50-60%.

She said it was it was important for children who are attending day care, crèche, pre-school or kindergarten to be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Mrs Deaker said there had also been a few changes to the vaccination schedule for four-year-olds to reduce the spread of whooping cough.

"The old pre-school or four-year-old vaccination has been replaced with the recommendation of vaccination at three-and-a-half years," Mrs Deaker said.

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