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Closing the vaccination gap

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The number of South Australian Aboriginal children who are fully immunised is growing with the latest data showing improvements of up to almost 20 percent since 2013.

The latest data comes on National Close the Gap Day (March 16), which raises awareness of the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Australia and actions to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.

SA Health’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier, said the number of Aboriginal children who are fully vaccinated has steadily improved for all age groups in recent years.

“Since 2013, we have seen marked improvement in the number of Aboriginal children across South Australia who are fully immunised according to the National Immunisation Program Schedule,” Dr Spurrier said.

“In 2013 only 77.5 per cent of Aboriginal children were fully vaccinated in the 12 to 15 months age group.

“By 2016, that number had significantly increased to 92.3 per cent of Aboriginal children fully vaccinated in the 12 to 15 months age group, with Aboriginal families fully embracing this important preventive strategy.

“While ideally we would like to see all children vaccinated, the increasing immunisation coverage in Aboriginal children is very encouraging.”

Percentage of Aboriginal children fully immunised in South Australia aged 12 months to 63 months

Percentage of Aboriginal children full immunised in SA aged 12 months to 63 months of age graph

Total of Aboriginal children fully vaccinated, 2013 – 2016

  12-15 months 24-27 months 60-63 months
2013 77.5% 86.6% 87.3%
2014 83.8% 84.6% 88.9%
2015 89.2% 84.5% 92.1%
2016 92.3% 87.5% 94.3%

 

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