24 Apr 2012

Target for child vaccination almost reached

12:09 pm on 24 April 2012

The Government says New Zealand is close to reaching its immunisation target for young children for the first time ever.

One of the Government's key health targets has been to ensure 95% of two-year-olds have had their recommended vaccinations.

At present, 92% are fully immunised, up from 67% five years ago.

The Government says just 495 more children have to be fully immunised before July to achieve the target.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says the increased coverage is a result of health professionals collaborating closely.

From July, the target will shift to 95% immunisation of eight-month-old babies.