Help me stay strong
The 'Help me stay strong' campaign targets parents, caregivers and family members of Aboriginal children 0 to 4 years of age, with a specific focus on children 0 to 6 months of age. The primary aim is to improve timeliness of vaccination in Aboriginal children for vaccines due at 2, 4 and 6 months of age. Mothers of Aboriginal babies will be given an immunisation postnatal pack after delivering their baby.
To give your child the best start in life, get their immunisations on time to help keep them safe against disease.
Get me immunised on time at 2, 4 and 6 months
Immunisation rates for Aboriginal children in South Australia are below the target of 95% and are significantly lower than the rates for non-Aboriginal children.
There are a number of factors leading to this gap in coverage. Some of the main ones include:
- timeliness, and
SA Health has developed a promotional strategy that aims to increase immunisation rates by increasing awareness about the need for complete and timely immunisations for all Aboriginal children.
For more information on vaccinations or other immunisation information, contact your doctor, immunisation provider or SA Health's Immunisation Section.
Resources for parents
SA Health has developed a postnatal immunisation pack to be given to mothers of Aboriginal babies after the baby is born and before they leave hospital. The message for timely vaccination at 2, 4 and 6 months of age is strongly promoted through the promotional items in the pack. These packs will be distributed by the hospitals only.
Resources for immunisation providers
Promotional posters, brochures and reminder cards to promote immunisation for Aboriginal children will assist providers in addressing the low vaccination coverage rates in Aboriginal children. The promotional resources act as reminders for parents and carers of Aboriginal children about the need for timely vaccination, and are available from the Immunisation Section.
For a downloadable copy of the poster, please click on the images below.
The postcards are designed as a reminder for parents/carers to bring their child in for immunisation, promoting messages around timeliness and the need for booster immunisations. The postcards are pre-stamped to target specific age groups but can also be used as a general reminder.