Kids' coverage hits new height
Australian has a hit a record level of immunisation among children.
Close to 95 per cent of Australian five-year-olds are now vaccinated against deadly diseases.
It means Australia retains its world-leading vaccination rates for children, well above global vaccination coverage of 85 per cent.
Health Minister Greg Hunt says it is important to keep promoting the benefits of vaccines.
“The latest figures show that the vast majority of parents are hearing the message about the benefits of vaccinations and I am delighted that our public health campaigns and our immunisation programs are protecting all Australians,” he said in a statement.
Immunisation rates are also rising for one-, two- and five-year olds, and Victoria and Tasmania are both performing above the national rate.
Coverage rates for five-year-old indigenous children outstrip the national figure at 96.66 per cent.