Vaccination rates on rise, but not everywhere
THE proportion of Australian children who are fully immunised continues to rise, but significant variation remains across local communities, a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveals.
The report, Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2015-16, shows that about 93 per cent of Australian five year olds were fully immunised in 2015-16.
This is up from 90 per cent in 2011-12, but still below the national target of 95 per cent.
Downtown Sydney city centre has been exposed as the postcode with the nation’s lowest childhood immunisation rate.
One in three children living in postcode 2000 are not fully vaccinated and it has eclipsed Byron Bay, the centre of the anti-vaccination movement, as having the worst immunisation rate in the country.
Just 70.5 per cent of fiveyear-olds are fully vaccinated in the centre of Sydney.
Postcode 2134, which covers Burwood, has the nation’s second-worst immunisation rate at 72.8 per cent, while Byron Bay has the third-worst rate at 73.2 per cen
The report examines immunisation rates across Australia’s 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas. PHNs are organisations that connect health services over local geographic areas.
‘The good news is that for the first time, all 31 of Australia’s PHN areas now have immunisation rates for five year olds above 90per cent,’ Mr Frost said.
A baby gets an injection: vaccination rates across the nation vary