'Great start' for DHB's immunisation goal

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has achieved the national health target on immunisation rates.

Nelson Marlborough medical officer of health Jill Sherwood said yesterday, after the release of the latest national health target results, that Nelson-Marlborough had had a "great start" to the new immunisation target, achieving 86 per cent. This exceeded the target of having 85 per cent of 8-month-old babies vaccinated on time by July 2013, with a target of 95 per cent by 2014.

"This is an excellent result and shows the commitment of health professionals to provide the community with greater protection through immunisation."

The figures showed the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board achieved or exceeded all targets except the one on more heart and diabetes checks. The target for that was 75 per cent of the eligible population having cardiovascular risk checks within the past five years by 2013. The Nelson Marlborough board's rate is only 53 per cent.

However, Dr Sherwood said there continued to be a steady increase in the number of people having heart and diabetes checks across the district.

The Marlborough Express