Nurses reach out for immunisation

Do you have a baby or child under 6 years old in your home who is overdue for their scheduled childhood immunisations?

Nelson and Tasman are fortunate to have two Public Health Nurses offering an Outreach Immunisation Service (OIS) in their communities. The nurses work with children, families and general practices to support babies and children under 6 years of age who are overdue for their scheduled vaccinations.

Having immunisations completed on time helps to protect our babies and children; as well as others in the community who are unable to be vaccinated due to chronic illness or other conditions such as cancer.

Another important role of OIS is to ensure children and families are linked in to the general practice (doctor) and any other services and support they need in order to be safe, healthy and to thrive.

Home-based vaccination can be offered for families where lack of transport or other difficulties exist. They can offer a friendly face when families have morved, or are struggling and need to be linked in with GP’s, Plunket and other services.

The OIS nurses are mobile in the community and give vaccinations in homes, at marae or other community venues. They’re also able to provide information and spend time discussing questions around immunisation.

Anyone can refer to the Outreach Immunisation Service: Doctors, Plunket, Barnardos, education providers (including early childhood centres) and families can contact them directly if there are difficulties having vaccinations completed.

Pam and Nicola are based at Public Health in Franklyn Street, Nelson and can be contacted by phoning 03)546 1537.

The Outreach Immunisation Service is also available in Marlborough through Maataa Waka and can be arranged by phoning 03)577 9156

Pam McCarlie, OIS Nurse

Nicola Thompson, OIS Nurse