Kids with CP miss vax

Researchers audited the immunisation records of a sample of 449 children aged younger than seven from the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register.

Almost 20% were not up-to-date with the Australian childhood immunisation schedule, compared to less than 8% of the general population covered by the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.

Younger children with cerebral palsy were most likely to lag behind the schedule, the audit showed.

The most common vaccine missed was MMR followed by polio and DTaP.

“The number of vaccines missed in the [cerebral palsy] cohort suggests that if a child misses any scheduled vaccination then they are more likely to miss multiple vaccinations,” the authors wrote. 

This was concerning due to the increased vulnerability to infection of children with disabilities, they said.

J Paediatr Child H 2013; online 29 Jan