Migrants fly under vaccination radar

Migrants and their families are a high risk group for being unvaccinated, but many never have their status checked, a doctor who specialises in migrant health says.

Dr Margaret Kay, a Brisbane GP, says that migrants and their families face many barriers beyond their language ability to access vaccinations in Australia, but in many cases, they simply fly under the radar and are never asked about their immunisations.

Speaking at the launch of the Vaccine & Infection Research Lab at the University of NSW, Dr Kay said she had even found patients in her own practice who had been living in Australia for years and were apparently health literate, but had never received the standard childhood vaccinations.

Many of the postwar migrants from Europe had never even had tetanus vaccination, but the problem was not confined to people from non-English speaking backgrounds, according to Dr Kay, who is clinical lead on