Neonatal hepatitis B vaccination

In accordance with NSW Health Policy Directive PD2005_222 Hepatitis B Vaccination Policy:

  •  All pregnant women are to be offered screening for hepatitis B, surface antigen (HBsAg) and should be provided with verbal and written information about hepatitis B and the hepatitis B immunisation program.
  • Neonates born to HBsAg positive mothers are to be offered, hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) within 12 hours of birth and a total of four doses of hepatitis B vaccine to be administered at birth, two, four and six months of age. 
  • All other neonates are to be offered a total of four doses of hepatitis B vaccine at birth, two, four and six months of age.
  • The birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine is to be administered within 7 days of birth.

The neonatal hepatitis B data presented here are subject to review and may underestimate the actual coverage due to delays in reporting from some maternity units.

Childhood vaccination recorded on ACIR

The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) is administered by Medicare Australia and records details of vaccinations given to children under 7 years of age who live in Australia. National data on immunisation coverage for the most recent quarter is available from the ACIR.

Annual NSW coverage reports are available for:

Annualised coverage data (percentage) for children 1, 2 and 5 years of age, from 2008 to 2015, by Aboriginality and Local Health District is available on Health Statistics NSW.

Quarterly coverage data (percentage) for children 1, 2 and 5 years of age, by Aboriginality and Local Health District is also available

The National Health Performance Authority has released a national report: 

Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children 2014-15​​​

Adolescent vaccination

NSW Health offers the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council for adolescents in a school-based vaccination program.

Coverage data for the school program is available on Health Statistics NSW. 

Vaccination of people aged 65 years and older

Data on influenza and pneumoccocal vaccination coverage of people aged 65 years and older is available on Health Statistics NSW.​​​​​​​

Page Updated: Wednesday 19 October 2016
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