The District Health Board (DHB) in Northland has been the lowest ranked in the country in immunization of children. The DHB had a rating of 88 percent for increasing immunization which was the lowest score among the 20 health boards. It was reported that many parents in Northland are passing up on the opportunity to vaccinate their children.
Dr. Juliet Rumball-Smith, the medical officer of health Northland DHB, reports that the low immunization coverage was highly concerning. The children in Northland region do not have the same level of protection against diseases as other children in other regions. The concern is more about the wider population being protected from diseases such as mumps, whooping cough, and hepatitis B.
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