Western Leader : December 7th 2010
11 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 7, 2010 NEWS Call us today to find out more! *Enrolment criteria applies. FIGHT 4 our youth Explore your 2011 study options and have loads of FUN doing it! Go karting, kayaking and other activities PLUS lunch is provided! BEST YOUTH ACADEMY NO FEES Tertiary Education for 16 -- 18 year olds* FREE YOUTH SAMA SKOOL STARTS SOON! 13 December -- 17 December 2010 from 9am to 3pm. You can trust St John Only St John medical alarms connect directly to St John and are installed by uniformed St John staff. Call 0800 50 23 23 for more information. STJOHN0910 Dealing with binge drinking There will be a free pub- lic seminar looking at ways of reducing the harm caused to youths by New Zealand's binge drinking culture. The talk is at Auck- land University on Thursday. Entitled Time for a Change: A sober look at our intoxicated youth, it will be pres- ented by Dr Albert Makary, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from Timaru. He has seen the destructive effects of alcohol and substance abuse on teenagers. Director of Alcohol Healthwatch Rebecca Williams will also con- tribute, discussing the Alcohol Law Reform Bill and answering ques- tions. The seminar will be at the University Library, Alfred St, Lecture Theatre B28, Lower Ground Floor, December 9, from 7pm to 9pm. Register at www.cce. auckland.ac.nz/timefora change. Pat on the back for kids' immunisations Healthy baby: Ryan Snow and his twin sister Alysha are right up-to-date with their immunisations. Their mother Tina says they cope with the jabs pretty well. By CATHERINE HEALY Parents getting their children immunised on time has earned Waite- mata District Health Board a pat on the back from the Health Minis- try. It set a nationwide tar- get for 90 percent of two- year-olds to be fully immunised by July 2011 and the Waitemata board is almost there. In June 2009 79 percent of toddlers in Waitemata were fully immunised but since the target was set that figure has increased to 89 percent. Waitemata DHB group funding and primary care manager Philip Grady says he's pleased with the result. We need to keep up our efforts to make sure we hit the target next year, but we're tracking well.'' West Auckland par- ents have responded well to reminders and adver- tising prompting them to get their children immunised. Currently 91.5 percent of all two- year-olds registered with the west Auckland PHOs are fully immunised. The key to making this work are the GPs and practice nurses -- it's the practice nurses who are the champions of the programme.'' Te Atatu's Tina Snow says her one-year-old twins coped well with their immunisations. They grizzle a bit and sleep a bit more after- wards, but they're pretty good,'' she says. I think I'll take my husband along for the 15-month one. It can be a bit hard sometimes with two of them on your own.'' The immunisation schedule is free and begins with two injec- tions at six weeks of age and continues until early adolescence. Children are automatically included in the pro- gramme unless their parents opt out. Immunisation project manager for Waitemata Ann Davis says the tracking system is effec- tive and few parents opt out. See www.moh.govt.nz for the immunisations schedule and the ages they're administered.
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