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Nine out of 10 Coast one-year-olds vaccinated

NEW Queensland Health statistics have confirmed the Sunshine Coast is below the state average when it comes to immunisation rates.

But only just.

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Nearly 90% of one-year-olds were fully immunised as of March this year. This means they have received three doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B and pneumococcal vaccine, and two or three doses of hemophilus influenzae type-B vaccine.

The Queensland average for one-year-olds is 91.2%.

According to the figures, 90% of Coast two-year-old children were fully vaccinated, as were 89% of five-year-olds. In comparison, 90% of one-year-olds and 93.5% of two- and five-year-olds in the Wide Bay area were fully vaccinated, and the Gold Coast figures were almost 90% for one-year-olds and 91.7% for two-years-olds.

Released last month, the Queensland Immunisation Strategy aims to achieve a childhood immunisation rate of 95%. To monitor progress towards the goal, immunisation rates were released to the public on the Queensland Health website yesterday.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said adding immunisation rates to the Queensland Health performance website put the issue on public view, beside emergency department and elective surgery waiting times.

"Immunisation is a serious issue and it's important for the community to be able to keep track of the local vaccination campaign and take an interest in the health of their community," he said.

"We have set an ambitious target ... by making the data available online and updated quarterly, we keep our progress open and transparent."

- MEGAN MACKANDER


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