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Vaccination rates: how high are they where you live?

vaccination rates AustraliaVaccination is once again on the minds of many following the airing of SBS documentary, Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines.

Not that it is ever too far out of the public consciousness – it was only last week that the NSW premier announced he’d back a draft bill to allow childcare centres the right to choose whether to accept children who aren’t vaccinated.

And as we hear news of the measles outbreak in the Swansea region in the south of Wales, which reportedly reached 1125 cases last week, we are left wondering … could this happen here?

Associate Professor Paul Middleton says it could …

“We now face the very real possibility of outbreak of measles or another serious virus among older children and teenagers here as well,” he told the Bub Hub.

“There are 32 areas across Australia where 85% of children or less are not fully vaccinated – and 90% is considered the “safe” cut off.”

So what is the vaccination rate where you live?

According to the National Health Performance Authority’s recent report, Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2011-12, there are almost 77,000 Australian children who are not fully vaccinated.

It shows there are 32 Medicare Local Catchment areas where the percentages of children fully vaccinated is 85% or less in at least one of the three age groups recorded (1 year, 2 years and 5 years) in 2011-12.

The following map shows the percentages of fully vaccinated children (aged 5 years) by Medicare Local catchment, 2011–12.

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The national fully vaccinated rate in this age group is 90%, so how does your local area compare?

Great South Coast (Vic) 95% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 71)

Hume (Vic/NSW) 93% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 168)

Gippsland (Vic) 93% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 234)

Hunter (NSW) 93% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 623)

Grampians (Vic) 93% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 202)

Murrumbidgee (NSW) 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 201)

Illawarra-Shoalhaven (NSW) 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 362)

Wide Bay (Qld) 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 197)

Loddon-Mallee-Murray (Vic/NSW) 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated= 216)

Barwon (Vic) 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 285)

Central Coast NSW 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 336)

Bayside (Vic) 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 537)

Central & NW Qld 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 57)

New England (NSW) 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 208)

Australian Capital Territory 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 398)

South Eastern Sydney 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 501)

Darling Downs-SW Qld 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 371)

Townsville-Mackay (Qld) 92% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 484)

Inner East Melbourne 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 604)

Northern Melbourne 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 770)

Frankston-Mornington Peninsula (Vic) 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 329)

Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 622)

Country North SA 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 228)

South Western Melbourne 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 372)

Tasmania 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 592)

South Eastern Melbourne 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 693)

Eastern Melbourne 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 492)

Goulburn Valley (Vic) 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 194)

West Moreton-Oxley (Qld) 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 539)

Metro North Brisbane 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 1098)

South Western Sydney 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 1274)

Western NSW 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 352)

Far North Qld 91% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 376)

Nepean-Blue Mountains (NSW) 90% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 480)

Greater Metro South Brisbane 90% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 1252)

Inner NW Melbourne 90% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 417)

Western Sydney 90% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 1287)

Central Qld  90% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 328)

Northern Sydney 89% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 543)

Southern NSW 89% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 265)

South West WA 89% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 446)

Northern Territory 89% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 377)

Goldfields-Midwest (WA) 89% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 192)

Gold Coast (Qld) 89% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 742)

Country South SA 89% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 203)

Inner West Sydney 88% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 782)

Northern Adelaide 88% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 630)

Far West NSW 88% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 62)

Lower Murray (Vic/NSW) 87% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 113)

Sydney North Shore & Beaches 87% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 757)

Perth South Coastal 87% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 456)

Sunshine Coast (Qld) 87% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 602)

Fremantle (WA) 87% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 368)

Perth North Metro 87% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 940)

Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 87% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 621)

Central Adelaide & Hills 86% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 755)

Kimberley-Pilbara (WA) 86% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 206)

Bentley-Armadale (WA) 86% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 741)

Perth Central & East Metro 86% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 787)

North Coast NSW 86% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 896)

Eastern Sydney  84% (actual number NOT fully vaccinated = 592)

 

For more information you can find the full report here:

National Health Performance Authority 2013, Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2011–12, NHPA, Sydney

Image credit: dianadivina/123RF Stock Photo

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6 comments so far -

  1. I’ll tell you what would be a really interesting exercise. Let’s overlay a map with rates of autism, asthma, insulin dependent diabetes, childhood cancers and other diseases which have been associated with vaccination in the medical literature over the map of vaccination rates to see if there is a correlation between high rates of vaccination and high incidence of these conditions. Better yet, let’s all encourage the government to finally do the study the Australian Vaccination Network has asked them to do for years – comparing the overall health of the fully vaccinated with the fully unvaccinated to see if increased vaccination really means that more of our children will be healthy. Let’s bring the science back into vaccination and stop the finger-pointing and emotional rhetoric displayed by some in the government and the media.

    • Oh, you mean do a study like the “German Study” released in 2011, which compared the health of vaxxed vs unvaxxed kids and found NO difference in the health of the two groups, except that the unvaxxed kids had significantly higher rates of vaccine-preventable diseases than the vaxxed?

      There is an absolute mountain of scientific evidence proving that the benefits of vaccination far, far outweigh the risks and no reputable evidence to the contrary. No vaccine is 100%, but <100 doesn't equal 0. Any protection is better than no protection at all. Please provide evidence that "autism, asthma, insulin dependent diabetes, childhood cancers and other diseases" are definitely associated with vaccination – peer-reviewed papers from reputable journals only, please. Struck-off doctor Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent research, retracted by the journal which originally published it, does not count. Particularly since the publication of the Cochrane Review which looked at 69 studies on the possible MMR-autism link, encompassing nearly 15 million children, found no difference in the rates of autism in vaxxed vs unvaxxed.

      http://www.vaccinetimes.com/the-vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated-study-a-k-a-the-german-study/

    • Shotinfo, ignoring the fact that there are already a large volume of cohort studies which have disproved the link between vaccines and several conditions you mention including autism (need I even bring up Wakefield!!) and what you are proposing in terms of a map overlay would by no means definitively prove that vaccines are the cause of these issues. Correlation does not necessarily mean causation, and without removing all the confounding factors such an exercise wouldn’t tell us anything.

    • Well hello Meryl. I think that it’s helpful to keep focussed on the important facts. We know that vaccines don’t cause autism, asthma or insulin dependent diabetes, so while an overlay of such information would be interesting, it isn’t actually helpful.

      With all due respect, contrary to your assertion there has been no causal link between any of those conditions and vaccination, a fact that you have been told quite a few times.

      A comparison of the unvaccinated and the vaccinated would also be interesting, it is actually unnecessary. Vaccination is not a magic health tonic, it’s a method of protecting us and our children from specific diseases.

      So, lets not divert from the message here. The message is about vaccination rates and the fact that children die of vaccine preventable diseases. Dana McCaffrey, Kailis Smith, Malakai Taylor all dead because of a preventable disease – pertussis.

      • What I would love to see is an overlay that shows the instances of the diseases compared to the vaccination rates. After all, we know that Mullumbimby, home of the anti vaccination network has a vaccination rate of just 46% and an instance of vaccine preventable diseases 4 times the national average and we know that Bargo has 100% vaccination rates in children and has a 0% instances of vaccine preventable diseases.

    • Shotinfo, I’m certain if you dedicated money for trials and studies, you’d be able to carry out an independent study.
      Or use existing government data and grind it into submission. Go ahead.
      Elsewhere, you you champion mortality rates rather than morbidity in a temporal relationship to vaccination.
      Here, you conveniently forget that children die because of your terrible advice and talk about ‘health,’ the inverse of morbidity.
      It would be nice if you could stick to a plan but since unvaccinated children in Wales are not only contracting VPDs but dying from them, it’s evident that the side effect of vaccination is actually immunity.

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