Parents who do not immunise their children have their Family Tax Benefit Part A payments reduced by $28 a fortnight.
Parents who do not immunise their children have their Family Tax Benefit Part A payments reduced by $28 a fortnight. naumoid

Money pain as Warwick kids miss out on life-saving jabs


ABOUT 7 per cent of our children are missing out on life-saving immunisations, meaning a significant number of local families are facing reduced financial support from the government.

National health data for 2012-14 reveals 94.8 per cent of Southern Downs one-year-olds, 93.2 per cent of two-year-olds and 93.9 per cent of five-year-olds are fully immunised.

The families choosing not to get their kids the jab will have their Family Tax Benefit Part A payments reduced by $28 a fortnight.

Experts expect this financial impost to improve immunisation rates but there are also local education programs aimed at informing parents about the benefits of protecting their children from diseases.

Darling Downs Public Health Unit director Dr Penny Hutchinson said the unit was working on a range of programs to improve vaccination levels.

"A number of initiatives have been rolled out to support this goal including targeted programs such as the Be Wise, Immunise program which aims to improve the timeliness of vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in their first year of life," she said.

"Women who have recently given birth are contacted by their local health worker seeking consent to participate in the program.

"With consent, the women are provided information by their local health worker who also assists with making appointments to have their baby vaccinated." - NewsRegional