Hospitals & Services
Increase immunisation amongst vulnerable Māori population groups to reduce the prevalence and impact of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Immunisation can prevent a number of diseases and is a very cost-effective health intervention. Immunisation provides protection not only for individuals, but for the whole population by reducing the incidence of diseases and preventing them from spreading to vulnerable people or population groups.
While Canterbury has high immunisation rates for both Māori and non-Māori, these high rates must be maintained or improved in order to prevent or reduce the impact of preventable diseases such as measles or pertussis (whooping cough).