Immunisation worry

The National Health Performance Authority has released a new report and accompanying data on child immunisation rates for 2013-15 by local area.

It found that only 82.1 per cent of one-year-olds in Orange Grove and Maddington have been immunised – a participation rate which is the 10th lowest in the country and the lowest in the state.

The variation in immunisation rates for one-year-olds in local suburbs was high; participation ranged from 98 per cent (the highest) to 73 per cent (the lowest).

More than 1200 postcodes were found to have rates below 95 per cent, while more than 100 had rates below 85 per cent.

A South Metropolitan Population Health Unit (SMPHU) spokesman said improvements must be made in the Orange Grove and Maddington area.

“In WA, 92 per cent of children aged four and over are fully immunised,” he said.

“However, at least 95 per cent of children must be fully immunised to effectively prevent outbreaks of highly infectious diseases such as measles.

“Immunisation is the best form of protection against vaccine-|preventable illnesses and we would like to see an improvement in immunisation rates in Maddington and Orange Grove.”

The lowest rates in the country were recorded in suburbs in NSW.

The highest was 98.2 per cent in Kingston in Tasmania.

The highest recorded in WA were in the north-|ern suburbs of Glendalough and Mt Hawthorn, which both recorded rates of 97.3.

Immunisations are available through general practitioners, community health clinics and the Central Immunisation Clinic located in West Perth.

A list of metropolitan immunisation clinics is available online at the HealthyWA website.