EKURHULENI - Health practitioners have observed an alarming trend of parents missing their children’s immunisation appointments, while some lose the immunisation cards commonly known as the "road to health cards", the City of Ekurhuleni said on Sunday.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), immunisation prevented between two and three million deaths each year, the city said in a statement.
"Thus, the City of Ekurhuleni reiterates that every day is an immunisation day, and every child must be vaccinated according to the immunisation schedule," it said.
"It is important to get your little ones protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, and the first step towards ensuring that is through vaccination. It doesn’t matter whether you lost the road to health card or missed the scheduled date, ultimately a child must be immunised,” Sister Tembi Mahlangu, a manager of nursing services at the Brackenhurst Clinic in Alberton, said in the statement.
She further indicated that children needed all the required vaccinations at the right time during their developmental stages. Skipping a stage posed a threat to a child’s development, making them prone to vaccine-preventable diseases.