Parents urged to download Save the Date to Vaccinate app
PARENTS have been asked by Northern NSW Local Health District to download a free reminder app to help ensure their children are fully immunised on time against vaccine-preventable diseases.
NNSW LHD deputy director of public health Greg Bell said recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks NSW meant babies and young children were most at risk.
"Timely immunisation is the best protection we can give to our children," Mr Bell said.
"We all know parents lead busy lives and time is of the essence.
"The Save the Date to Vaccinate App makes it quick and easy to remember when their children's vaccinations are due.
"Parents enter their child's name and birth date, as well as their GP's contact details, and the App automatically calculates the next immunisation due date.
"It then sends a series of reminders to prompt the parent to call their GP to schedule an appointment for each immunisation.
"Parents can make that call straight from the App."
The app is the centerpiece of the Save the Date to Vaccinate campaign which was launched last year.
Mr Bell said the Save the Date to Vaccinate App had proved to be very popular with more than 42,000 downloads since it was launched in 2013.
Download the Save The Date App or print a Personalised Vaccination Schedule at http://www.immunisation.health.nsw.gov.au.