3.02 Immunisation

This measure reports on vaccination coverage rates for Indigenous Australians.

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Why is it important?

This measure reports on vaccination coverage rates for children aged 1, 2 and 5 years. Vaccination is highly effective in reducing morbidity and mortality caused by vaccine‑preventable diseases. Vaccinations have been effective in reducing the disease disparities between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Australians (Menzies & Singleton 2009).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
  • Medicare Data
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • National Health Survey
  • National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

References

  • Menzies RI & Singleton RJ 2009. Vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination policy for Indigenous populations. Pediatric Clinics of North America 56/6:1263–83.