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West is the best

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

By Emily Ferguson

New data shows that Western NSW is leading Australia in the number of immunised 5-year-olds. 

Ninety six per cent of children under five in Western NSW are fully immunised, putting the region far ahead of the national target. 

Western NSW Primary Health Network’s CEO Andrew Harvey said immunisation is incredibly important to ensure the population as a whole stays health.

“Immunisation is a critical component in building healthy communities and reducing preventable hospitalisations,” he said.

Mr Harvey also expressed his excitement at the overall increase in child immunisation numbers. 

“We are thrilled with these new immunisation numbers that show families in Western NSW continue to make the right health choices for their children,” he said. 

Data collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that 93.5 per cent of five-year-olds were fully immunised in 2016-2017, an increase from 92.9 per cent in 2015-2016. Unfortunately, this number is still below the national target of 95 percent. 

While Western NSW had the highest proportion of fully immunised 5 year olds in the country, Perth North took out the bottom ranking, with just 90.6 per cent of children under five immunised. 

The Far West fared even better than Western NSW, with 97.7 per cent of children in Broken Hill immunised, and a 98.7 per cent immunisation rate across the Far West.

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