| October 25, 2018

Australia’s child immunisation rates at record levels

The number of Australian children who are fully immunised continues to increase to record levels with new data showing more parents are getting the message to protect their children with life-saving vaccines.

Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP said new data for the September 2018 quarter reveals the nation-wide immunisation rates for five year olds was 94.62 per cent, which is the highest figure on record. It is up from 94.42 per cent in the June quarter.

“Throughout Victoria immunisation rates are at 95.4 per cent,” Mr Drum said.

“Parents are hearing the message about the benefits of vaccinations and I am delighted that our public health campaigns and our immunisation programs are protecting Australians.”

“Immunisation saves lives and protects lives and it is important that we keep the public informed about its benefits.”

“In the Murray Primary Health Network the immunisation rates for 5 year olds for the September 2018 quarter is at 96.5 per cent. In rural and regional areas like ours, we know how important it is for our children to be immunised against deadly diseases,” Mr Drum said.

“If something unthinkable was to go wrong with one of our children, there is a chance we could be hours away from a hospital. We know the best cure to diseases is prevention.”

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said immunisation has been repeatedly demonstrated to be one of the most effective interventions to prevent disease worldwide, and our Government continues to invest in a strong vaccination program.

“The immunisation rate for five year olds in June 2013 was 91.5 per cent, meaning the immunisation rate has grown steadily to record levels since the Coalition came into Government,” Minister Hunt said.

“More than 96.6 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander five year olds were immunised, which is well above the national average.”

“Last month, the Australian Government announced it would invest $52 million to protect Australian teenagers against meningococcal by putting the meningococcal A, C, W and Y vaccine on the National Immunisation Program from April 2019.”

“From July 1 this year, every 12-month old in the country was eligible for a free ACWY meningococcal vaccine and every expectant mother given the opportunity to vaccinate against the whopping cough with a free vaccine.”

“The Morrison Government has invested $446.5 million the National Immunisation Program this financial year,” Minister Hunt said.

The September 2018 child immunisation rates are available here: https://beta.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/childhood-immunisation-coverage/immunisation-coverage-rates-for-all-children

 

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