Vac­ci­na­tion rates on rise, but not ev­ery­where

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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