July 19, 2019
Poverty behind fall in immunisations
The vaccination rate for Māori babies is dropping, despite an extensive campaign over recent years.
A New Zealand Herald analysis of immunisation data from every neighbourhood in New Zealand found just 77 per cent of six-month-olds are now getting their vaccines on time, down 4.5 percentage points since rates peaked in 2016.
For Māori babies the decline was 9.5 percentage points with just three in five pēpi now vaccinated.
Immunisation Advisory Centre director Nikki Turner says while anti-vaxx accounts for some of the decrease, a bigger issues is how hard it is for families to access care, and the impact of poverty."
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