Region continues to be a leader in immunisation

The National Health Performance Authority today released its report on childhood immunisation rates for 2014 -15 and they showed that our region continues to perform as a national leader.

A brief summary of results are

  • Percentages of all children fully immunised – HNECC region 2014-15:
  • 1% of 1 year olds were fully immunised (PHN with the 2nd highest rate nationwide)
  • 3% of 2 year olds[1] were fully immunised (PHN with the 5th highest rate nationwide)
  • 8% of 5 year olds were fully immunised (PHN with the 3rd highest rate nationwide)

A total of 3,255 children were not fully immunised

  • Percentages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children fully immunised – HNECC region 2014-15:
  • 4% 1 year olds were fully immunised (PHN with the 4th highest rate nationwide)
  • 9% 2 year olds1 were fully immunised (PHN with the 4th highest rate nationwide)
  • 7% 5 year olds were fully immunised (PHN with the 4th highest rate nationwide)

A total of 310 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were not fully immunised.

For a full copy of the National Health Performance Authority report visit www.nhpa.gov.au.

[1] From 1 January 2015, the definition of fully immunised for 2 year olds changed to include three additional vaccinations: meningococcal C, dose 2 MMR and dose 1 varicella . This has caused a decrease in the reported immunisation coverage for this period.