Emily, Fraser Rise Local
Emily’s life was hectic enough with a newborn in the family home, when suddenly pace went into top gear, as she started balancing the early stages of parenting and working full-time again.
When I returned to work there was a whole new dynamic…keeping up with vaccine boosts could easily be forgotten.
First-time mother Emily Vosko returned to work 2 months ago as her daughter Mikayla was heading towards her 12 birthday.
And as if her life wasn’t hectic enough with a newborn in the family’s Fraser Rise house, suddenly the pace went into top gear, as she started balancing the early stages of parenting and working full-time again.
“During the first 12 months, there is so much help from your GPs and health care workers which helps keep you on top of all the medical requirements,” Emily explains.
“They’re awesome but when I returned to work there was a whole new dynamic added to my schedule and suddenly somewhat simple things, like keeping up with vaccine boosts could easily be forgotten.”
Mikayla’s immunisations are up to date but for so many parents in Melbourne’s north west corridor, their busy lives can lead to those important moments being missed.
Nearly 95% of parents in Melbourne’s north and west are fully immunising their newborns, but this drops to just over 90% for the vaccines given between 12 to 18 months.
And that’s why the region’s main health authority, North Western Primary Health Network, is staying proactive in helping to remind parents with a heart-warming awareness initiative under Immunise Melbourne.
The “It’s time to Immunise” campaign has put beautiful little Mikayla in the hearts and minds of thousands of people as she appears on posters in GP clinics and on social media as one of the many faces of the campaign.
“It’s such an important campaign and I love it that Mikayla is a part of it,” says Emily.
“She doesn’t know it now but when she grows up I am sure she will be very proud of the fact that she played a role in trying to encourage people in her community to focus on an important health issue.
“As a parent I take the responsibility of ensuring Mikayla is as healthy as she can be before she goes to childcare and I hope other parents feel the same. That’s another reason why I love the campaign because it’s there to help us all play a vital role.”
Children who are fully immunised, and vaccinated at the right time, are protected from contracting vaccine-preventable diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, measles and polio.