2-10

2-10. Childhood immunisation coverage

Introduction

2-10-1. Children aged 5 years fully immunised

2-10-2. Aboriginal children aged 5 years fully immunised

Sources

 

Introduction

The definition of fully immunised for measuring coverage rates includes vaccination against: hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenzae type b, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, pneumococcal, varicella and meningococcal C.

Hepatitis B was not included in the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register until 2002.

The definition of fully immunised for measuring coverage rates was most recently expanded in 2013 and 2014 to accommodate changes to the National Immunisation Program Schedule:

  • December 2013 - pneumococcal vaccine for children aged 12-15 months was added.
  • December 2014 - measles, mumps, rubella dose 2 (previously dose 1 was measured), varicella and meningococcal C for children aged 24 -27 months was included.

 

2-10-1. Children aged 5 years fully immunised

  • As at December 2015, 91.3% of children aged five years in South Australia were fully immunised.
  • Fully immunised includes vaccination against: hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenzae type b, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, pneumococcal, varicella and meningococcal C.
  • South Australia's rate is slightly below the national average of 92.6%.
  • Over the last decade, the trend in percentage of fully immunised children by age five years in this state has been increasing, up from 72.6% in 2005.
  • South Australia technically ranks second lowest of the states and territories for proportion of five year olds fully vaccinated, but there isn't a great deal of difference between the jurisdictions.

 

Children aged 5 years fully immunised, 2015
Region%
Metropolitan Adelaiden.a.
Country SAn.a.
South Australia91.3%
Australia92.6%

2-10-1 SA

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Children aged 5 years fully immunised, 2015
State/Territory%
Western Australia91.1%
South Australia91.3%
Queensland92.4%
Northern Territory92.8%
Victoria93.0%
New South Wales93.1%
Tasmania93.3%
Australian Capital Territory93.5%
Australia92.6%

2-10-1 AU

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2-10-2. Aboriginal children aged 5 years fully immunised

  • As at December 2015, 92.1% of Aboriginal children aged five years in South Australia were fully immunised.
  • Fully immunised includes vaccination against: hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenzae type b, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, pneumococcal, varicella and meningococcal C.
  • South Australia's proportion of Aboriginal children aged five years fully immunised is now above this state's overall figure of 91.3% (see 2-10-1 above).
  • The trend in percentage of Aboriginal children fully immunised by age five years in this state has increased significantly over the last decade (up from 70.4% in 2007).
  • South Australia technically ranks second lowest of the states and territories for proportion of Aboriginal children aged five year olds fully vaccinated, but there isn't a great deal of difference between the jurisdictions..

 

Aboriginal children aged 5 years fully immunised, 2015
Region%
Metropolitan Adelaiden.a.
Country SAn.a.
South Australia92.1%
Australia93.9%

2-10-2 SA

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Aboriginal children aged 5 years fully immunised, 2015
State/Territory%
Western Australia92.0%
South Australia92.1%
Victoria92.5%
Queensland93.6%
Tasmania94.8%
Australian Capital Territory95.0%
New South Wales95.3%
Northern Territory95.4%
Australia93.9%

2-10-2 AU

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Sources

  1. Based on Department of Health 2016, 'Cohort 3 (60-<63 Months),' ACIR - Annual coverage historical data and ACIR - Annual coverage historical data - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, Australian Government, Canberra, viewed 10 March 2016.