Golden Bay tops WA for jab compliance
Golden Bay has the highest number of fully vaccinated five-yearolds in WA , according to the latest national childhood immunisation figures.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report looked at the number of children vaccinated at the age of five, when they were expected to have completed all their early childhood immunisations.
Golden Bay led the State with 96.1 per cent, ahead of Bullsbrook and Chittering with 95.9 per cent.
The AIHW said the national target was to have 95 per cent of children covered. The number had improved from 90 per cent in 2011-12 to 93 per cent in 2015-16.
Several areas in Perth, including South Perth, Claremont and Cottesloe, went backwards.
Overall, Perth was one of the worst three regions in Australia for unvaccinated five-year-olds.
AIHW spokesman Michael Frost said there were significant variations across Australia’s 31 primary health network areas.
“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.”
Retiring Australian Medical Association WA president Andrew Miller said the figures for WA were disturbing, and he suspected there was a lot of complacency.
“There is a bit of arrogance by wealth, with people in well-to-do areas thinking they are immune from diseases that happen in other countries,” he said.