A NUMBERS GAME

Pregnancy Life & Style - - FUTURE HEALTH -

Around 93% of all chil­dren in Aus­tralia are fully im­mu­nised by the age of two and up to date with the gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Pro­gram Sched­ule.

Some pock­ets of Aus­tralia have much lower rates of im­mu­ni­sa­tion than the na­tional av­er­age, with up to 10% of chil­dren not fully vac­ci­nated. Ac­cord­ing to so­cial sci­en­tist Julie Leask, this is usu­ally due to an in­creased num­ber of con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tors.

To pre­vent child­hood dis­eases get­ting a foothold and spread­ing across the com­mu­nity, im­mu­ni­sa­tion rates need to stay high (95% is the goal).

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