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.
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.
Immunisation rates for five year olds across the majority of states and territories have also increased compared to the June quarter while Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT all performed above the national average.
More than 96.6 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander five year olds were immunised, which is well above the national average.
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.
The latest figures show that the vast majority of 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 all Australians.
Immunisation saves lives and protects lives and it is important that we keep the public informed about its benefits.
There’s still work to do and we must remain vigilant as there are some areas throughout the country where child vaccination rates are lower than what we would like them to be.
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.
Only last month we announced we would invest $52 million to protect Australian teenagers against meningococcal by putting the meningococcal ACWY 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.
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