Tui Ora is celebrating National Immunisation Week on May 2-8 along with the rest of Aotearoa. The theme this year is ‘protecting baby starts in pregnancy’.
As well as encouragement to immunise baby on time, the week also highlights the role of all health professionals working with new and expectant parents - midwives, practice nurses, GPs and hospital staff. This is why the timing of the Week was chosen to coincide with International Midwives Day and is a few days before International Nurses Day.
Equally important is ensuring our tamariki get the vaccinations they need to keep them well and protected. Tui Ora runs an outreach immunisation programme for children from 0-6 years that mostly take place in a client’s home. These are generally for whānau who may not be registered with a GP or miss scheduled appointments.
“There are lots of different reasons that children miss vaccinations. It can be due to a lack of transport or because parents are dealing with three children under five and they are just too busy.
"Some families find the traditional surgery environment intimidating. These are the people we are trying to reach.” said Sonya Popovich, Outreach Immunisation Service Coordinator.
“We currently have about 70 children on our books, but we can have up to 100. These are kids who would otherwise not be immunised. We have also vaccinated children at clinics organised through Kohanga Reo pre-schools and at the Māori Women’s Welfare League but generally clients feel more comfortable at home – it’s a safe environment.”
Tui Ora has five registered vaccinators who provide an immunisation service in the community two days a week.
Key immunisation week facts:
- National Immunisation Week 2016 takes place from May 2-8.
- The theme this year is ‘protecting baby starts in pregnancy’.
- The week also highlights the role of all health professionals working with new and expectant parents and coincides with International Midwives Day and is a few days before International Nurses Day.
- Tui Ora has an outreach immunisation service for children from 0-5 years.
- The mobile service is for whānau who may not be registered with a GP or who miss scheduled appointments.