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.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, 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 the Northern Territory immunisation rates are at 93.3 per cent,” Senator Scullion 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 Territorians.”
“The Daly – Tiwi – West Arnhem region is leading the way in the Territory with 96.91 per cent of five year olds immunised. Katherine is not far behind with 96.79 per cent and Litchfield also going well with 95.44 per cent.
“I am also pleased to see that 94.30 per cent of five-year-old Aboriginal children in the NT are fully immunised – better than the overall NT rate.
“Immunisation saves lives and protects lives and it is important that we keep the public informed about its benefits.”
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said immunisation has been repeatedly demonstrated to be one of the most effective interventions to prevent disease worldwide, and the Coalition 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