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Immunisation underpins a healthy community and is a core responsibility of the healthcare sector. It is extremely important and highly effective at preventing serious and life threatening infectious diseases. When high immunisation rates are not maintained, vaccine preventable disease inevitably returns with devastating consequences. This is why it is extremely important that high coverage rates be achieved and maintained. In Metro South Health, the Public Health Unit (PHU) coordinates the local delivery of the Queensland Immunisation Program through engagement and support of key stakeholders.
This program aims to reinvigorate the MSPHU immunisation program of vaccine service provider (VSP) education, training and support by:
Establishing an effective Immunisation Forum in Metro South with the aim of engaging key stakeholders at a strategic level across the Metro South area.
Increasing resources to deliver education and training to support VSPs and educate the community.
Increasing operational resources devoted to improving data quality.
The MSPHU Immunisation Program are currently working in the following areas:
Metro South Health Public Health Unit Immunisation Program aims to achieve a 95% vaccination rate at 1 year, 2 years and 5 years of age through improving data systems and strengthening the existing Immunisation program.