Goal 19: Immunisation—influenza, people aged 50 and over

This indicator reports on the proportion of Indigenous people aged 50 and over who are immunised for influenza. The goal for this indicator is 64% by 2023.

Why is it important?

Immunisation is highly effective in reducing morbidity and mortality caused by vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccinations are an effective strategy for reducing disease disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

What data are available?

Data on immunisation for influenza are available from ABS health survey data. The most recent such survey with estimates for Indigenous people was the 2012–13 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (ABS 2013).

What do the data show?

No new data have become available for this indicator since the Implementation Plan goal was set. As such, there are insufficient data to determine if progress towards the goal is on track.

In 2012–13, among Indigenous Australians aged 50 and over:

  • 57% reported that they had been vaccinated against influenza in the previous 12 months
  • 51% of those aged 50–64, and 74% of those aged 65 and over reported that they had been vaccinated against influenza in the previous 12 months
  • 27% of those aged 50–64, and 11% of those aged 65 and over had never been vaccinated against influenza.

Indigenous Australians aged 50 and over who lived in remote areas were more likely to be vaccinated against influenza in the previous 12 months than those in non-remote areas—68% compared with 54%.