NSW Record Highest Immunisation Rates

NSW Record Highest Immunisation Rates

By Erin Archer

 

Back in 2010 immunisation rates in NSW stood at 87.6 percent, but now according to the Annual Immunisation Coverage Report the state has reached it’s highest ever level, with 93 per cent of children at five years of age now fully immunised.

NSW also has the highest vaccination rates in Australia for Aboriginal children at five years of age, with the state sitting at 97 per cent.

image: NSW Health

These statistics are something health minister Brad Hazzard has called phenomenal, and he attributed the high rates to the NSW government’s investment into immunisation – including the “No Jab, No Play” laws, and the recent childcare restrictions which came into play on January 1, 2018.

Parents who object to vaccinating their children, can no longer be enrolled in preschools and early childhood centres, under these new laws.

Dr Jeremy McAnulty, the director of Health Protection at NSW Health, said vaccination is a safe and effective way of reducing death and disease among children.

 

“Before the immunisation era we would see children dying routinely from things like whopping cough,¬†diphtheria or polio… we rarely see that these days because of the impact vaccination has had on protecting our children from these nasty diseases,” Dr McAnulty said.

 

However there is still more work to be done to reach the goal of a 100 per cent immunisation rate in the state, and Dr¬†McAnulty said it’s important for parents to check that their children are fully up to date with their vaccinations.

The NSW government has committed $22.75 million in 2017-18 for immunisation programs, including $3.5 million for free flu shots for children aged from six months to five years old.

The other programs the government has invested in, include the Save the Date app and campaign, the Aboriginal Immunisation Health Worker Program, the NSW School Vaccination program, and the Education of GP’s and training of nurses and midwives.

Dr McAnulty said due to some children not being able to have vaccinations because of medical complications or because they’re particularly susceptible to diseases, ‘we need to boost our herd immunity and get levels as high as we possibly can’.

He said the state government will continue to invest in promoting immunisation education campaigns, to keep the vaccination rates climbing.

Have a listen to Erin Archer’s full interview with Dr Jeremy McAnulty:

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