While overall child immunisation rates have improved across Australia there are still some postcodes lagging behind.
A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare today reveals 93 percent of Australian five year olds were fully immunised in 2015-16, reports 9 news.
The report examined immunisation rates across 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas.
For the first time, all 31 of Australia’s PHN areas now have immunisation rates for five year olds above 90 percent.
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The proportion of fully immunised five year olds was highest in Western NSW and Murrumbidgee (NSW) at 96 percent.
North Coast (NSW) (90 percent), Perth North and Perth South (91 percent) and Gold Coast (91 percent) had the lowest rates.
“When looking at smaller areas, like postcode areas, we see much greater variation in immunisation rates, from a high of almost 100 percent and a low of 71 percent for fully immunised five year olds,” AIHW spokesperson Michael Frost said.
“Even though the majority of Australian kids are immunised, it’s important to maintain high immunisation rates to protect the community, including vulnerable groups such as babies who are too young to receive their vaccines,” he said.
IMMUNISATION RATES IN AUSTRALIA
- 92.9 percent of 5-year-olds fully immunised
- 22,128 children not fully immunised nationally
AREAS WITH HIGHEST VACCINATION RATES
Western NSW – 96.1 percent
Murrumbidgee (NSW) – 96 percent
Hunter New England & Central Coast (NSW) – 95.4 percent
Gippsland (Vic) – 94.9 percent
South Eastern NSW – 94.7 percent
Nepean Blue Mountains (NSW) – 94.7 percent
Western Queensland – 94.4 percent
AREAS WITH THE LOWEST IMMUNISATION RATES
North Coast (NSW) – 90.3 percent
Perth North (WA) – 90.6 percent
Perth South (WA) – 90.8 percent
Gold Coast (QLD) – 90.8 percent
Northern Sydney (NSW) – 91.3 percent
Central & Eastern Sydney (NSW) – 91.5 percent
Central Qld, Wide Bay & Sunshine Coast – 91.6 percent
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