Five-year-olds in Victoria are now better protected against diseases prevented by vaccination than in any other state in Australia.
According to new figures from the Australian Immunisation Register, 95.7% of kids aged five are now fully immunised. This is just over the “herd immunity” target of 95%, necessary to halt the spread of dangerous and virulent diseases such as measles.
The State Government’s “No Jab, No Play” laws have seen a steady increase in immunisation rates. Before these laws came into effect, rates were 92.85%.
The data also shows 97.3% of Indigenous children in Victoria aged five years are fully immunised.
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.
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said the data showed that parents are listening to the experts and the science.
“Immunisation is safe, effective and it saves lives. We’re so glad that more parents than ever before are taking heed of the message and keeping their kids safe.”