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World Immunisation Week with Right at Home

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Right at Home, Australia's quality home care provider, will celebrate World Immunisation Week from 24 to 30 April!

 

World Immunisation Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases. 

The World Health Organization's (WHO) 2023 theme is ‘The Big Catch-Up’, to get back on track and ensure more people, particularly children, are protected from preventable diseases. According to WHO, this year is our global opportunity to catch-up on lost progress in essential immunisation and reach the millions of children who missed out on vaccines, restore essential immunisation coverage to at least 2019 levels, strengthen primary health care to deliver immunisation, and build lasting protection in communities and countries. 

Immunisation Key Facts from WHO 

  • Only 25 vaccine introductions other than COVID-19 vaccine were reported in 2021 
  • Global coverage dropped from 86% in 2019 to 81% in 2021 
  • An estimated 25 million children under the age of one year did not receive basic vaccines, which is the highest number since 2009 
  • The number of girls not vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) increased by 3.5 million, compared to 2019 
  • In 2021, the number of completely unvaccinated children increased by 5 million since 2019 

Learn more about WHO’s Immunisation Agenda 2030 here.  

If you are uncertain as to your own immunity or someone you love, view Australia's National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule. The Schedule gives you specific times throughout your life when you are due for vaccination.  

In an article written by CM Weyand and JJ Goronzy JJ called 'Aging of the Immune System. Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets', the authors state that  'beginning with the sixth decade of life, the human immune system undergoes dramatic aging-related changes, which continuously progress to a state of immunosenescence. The aging immune system loses the ability to protect against infections and cancer and fails to support appropriate wound healing'.

As you age, it is vitally important to maintain the immunity required to keep you healthy and so it is worth having a conversation with your GP about immunisations particularly as the flu season starts to kick in. Eat well , rest well, exercise and practice good hand hygiene. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask while out in the community, that may help keep you from contracting viruses during close contact with people.

Right at Home is an approved Home Care Provider for government funded Home Care Packages from levels 1-4 for the elderly. Right at Home also support plan and self-managed NDIS participants and some of our offices are also registered NDIS providers. We support people who are discharged from hospital requiring post-hospital or transitional care and we support people with chronic illness in their own homes. we offer a broad range of services from transport, domestic assistance, shopping, light housekeeping, and cooking to personal care and skilled nursing. Our services are delivered by trained, insured and screened care and support workers whose aim it is to fulfill the Right at Home Mission of 'improving the quality of life for those we serve'.


Keep up to date with COVID 19 information on the following links: 

Australian Government Department of Health 

Victorian Health and Human Services 

NSW Health 

Queensland Health 

ACT Health 

WA Department of Health 

Tasmanian Department of Health 

Northern Territory Department of Health 

SA Health 

Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors (elderly and aged care), and any adult who needs our care at home including adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no package management fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget. 

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living and personal care such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained, and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one. 

To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website. 

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