In our region, the latest data shows that vaccination rates are currently under 90 per cent for kids vaccinated at 12 and 18 months. This is well below the target of 95 per cent, needed for the best level of community protection.
For the past three years, vaccination rates for two-year-olds have been lower than for one-year-old and five-year-old vaccination rates, nationally and in our region.
Between 2016 and 2017:
- 28,484 two-year-old children in Australia were not fully immunised on time
- 2354 two-year-old children in the north western Melbourne area were not fully immunised on time.*
*Source: Australian Institute of Health and Wellfare (AIHW): Healthy community indicators