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Web update: Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17 - Web update - Overview

Web update: Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17

Overview

Immunisation is a safe and effective way to protect children from harmful infectious diseases and at the population level, prevent the spread of these diseases amongst the community.

This web update presents 2016–17 immunisation rates for all children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 1, 2 and 5.

Results are presented for the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas. Where possible they are broken down into smaller geographic areas, including for more than 300 smaller areas and across Australian postcodes. Further detailed rates are available in the downloadable Excel sheet and an interactive web tool allows users to compare results over time by geography and age group.

In 2016–17:

  • Nationally 93.5% of all children aged 5 were immunised. All PHN areas achieved an immunisation rate of 90% or more, ranging from 96.0% in Western NSW to 90.6% in North Coast (NSW)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 had an even higher national immunisation rate of 95.7%. However, there was wider variation across PHN areas, ranging from 98.0% in the Nepean Blue Mountains (NSW) to 89.8% in Western Victoria.

Immunisation rates for children 2016–17 Fact Sheet (PDF, 163.6 KB)

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2016–17 showed an improvement for 5 year old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children:

  • In 2012–13 2/31 Primary Health Networks areas had rates above the National target of 95% for fully immunised children
  • In 2016–17 22/31 Primary Health Networks areas had rates above the National target of 95% for fully immunised children

High levels of immunisation help prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in the community.