Golden Bay tops WA for jab com­pli­ance

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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.

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