Australia

Vaccination campaign aims to boost low rates in remote Australia

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Parents of children in remote parts of Australia are being urged to vaccinate their children through a new $12 million federal government campaign.

The Morrison government is urging parents to have their children vaccinated through a new $12 million campaign, aimed particularly at families in remote parts of Australia.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said while immunisation rates in Australia are generally high - almost 95 per cent of five-year-old children are fully vaccinated - there are areas where the immunisation rate is too low.

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"It is these areas of low coverage which pose risks to the community, especially to people who can't be vaccinated, like newborns and those with medical reasons." Mr Hunt said in a statement on Sunday.

"The science is in and the medical experts' advice is absolute - vaccinations save lives and protect lives and they are an essential party of a health society."

The eight-week campaign will help parents access evidence based information to support their decision making about childhood vaccinations.

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