Five-year-olds in Victoria are now better protected against diseases prevented by vaccination than in any other state in Australia, new data shows.
According to new figures from the Australian Immunisation Register, 95.7 per cent of kids aged five are now fully immunised – the best rate of all Australian states and territories.
The Government’s ‘No Jab, No Play’ laws have seen a steady increase in immunisation rates for Victorian children. Before these laws came into effect, rates were 92.85 per cent, but thanks to our tough new laws, immunisation rates have powered past our ambitious ‘herd immunity’ target.
The data also shows 97.3 per cent of Indigenous children in Victoria aged five years are fully immunised.
The 95 per cent ‘herd immunity’ target is necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles. High rates of vaccination provide important protection for those who cannot receive vaccines, such as babies who are too young or people who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons.
The Victorian Government takes a strong approach when it comes to vaccination. We brought back the free whooping cough vaccination program for mums and dads, protecting Victoria’s youngest people from the deadly disease.
The Government’s new ‘No Jab, No Play’ rules mean only Immunisation History Statements from the Australian Immunisation Register will be accepted as evidence of immunisation and as evidence of medical exemption to vaccination when enrolling a child at childcare or kindergarten.
Source: Vic Government