Health research has found more than a third of one-year-olds recorded as
overdue for their jabs by the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) were not
researcher Charlee Law said the surprise findings are great news and will help NSW
Health to better target those children slipping through the vaccination net.
rates in NSW have been steadily climbing thanks to record investment in
immunisation programs and these results confirm everyone’s hard work,” Ms Law
findings mean the true immunisation coverage for one-year-olds is 2.1 per cent,
above what was previously thought and also above the national average of 94 per
this is fantastic news for the community, what the current national measles
issue shows us is that parents can never be complacent when it comes to
AIR considers a child to be fully vaccinated at 12 months of age if they have
had all their required shots that are due at six weeks, four months and six
months of age.
part of the study, to be published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of
Public Health this month, the vaccination records of more than 400 one-year-olds
in NSW were audited, with 143 incorrectly stating that immunisations were overdue.
Health’s Director of Communicable Diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said the findings
will help Federal agencies to identify ways to further improve the AIR.
has an internationally recognised immunisation program, so any findings that can
improve information recording and service delivery is a bonus,” Dr Sheppeard
Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government has invested $130 million in the
2018-19 immunisation program, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.
findings show the legislative changes implemented by the NSW Government and the
investment into immunisation programs is paying dividends,” Mr Hazzard said.
NSW Government laws came in on 1 January 2018 preventing parents who object to
vaccination from enrolling their children in preschools and early childhood
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