Date published: 
13 August 2017
Media type: 
Transcript
Audience: 
General public

SALLY BOWREY:

Devastating stories of losing a baby to whooping cough will play a part in a $5.5 million push to raise immunisation rates in Australia.

For more this morning, I’m joined by Health Minister Greg Hunt. Good morning to you, Minister.

GREG HUNT:

Good morning.

SALLY BOWREY:

Before we get to today’s announcement, can we first just talk about Neil Prakash? Why is the Government offering assistance to a man who is considered one of our most wanted terrorists?

GREG HUNT:

Well fortunately, many foreign fighters have been killed. In this case, Prakash has been caught, and frankly our interest is in securing the maximum possible information and intelligence about the work of ISIS.

That’s our focus, that’s our interest, precisely so as to protect Australians at home and abroad.

SALLY BOWREY:

Let’s get to the Government’s vaccination push today. Minister, what’s the target of this new campaign?

GREG HUNT:

The target is very clear – vaccinations save lives and protect lives.

Beautiful babies, such as Riley Hughes and Dana McCaffery – who were too young to be vaccinated – were lost to illnesses which came from areas with low levels of vaccination.

We need to continue the push to increase our levels of vaccination – currently 93.5 per cent – but this campaign will focus on areas that have lower levels of vaccination, increasing the number of people who will take the steps to protect these beautiful young children.

SALLY BOWREY:

Okay, thanks for that. Health Minister there, Greg Hunt this morning.

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