4 April 2019

Support immunisation

Why is immunisation required?

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways of preventing the incursion and transmission of vaccine preventable communicable diseases such as measles,  influenza, whooping cough, hepatitis B, polio and meningococcal disease. See a complete list (external site) of vaccine preventable diseases. These diseases can make people severely ill especially people who are at high risk (e.g. young children, elderly, pregnant women and immuno-compromised).

What is the current situation?

In the 12 months ending 30th September 2018 the immunisation coverage rates for children 12-<15months, 24-27months and 60-<63months was 93.4%, 89.6% and 93.2% respectively. The state-wide human papilloma virus vaccine coverage was 78% for eligible year 8 students in 2017.

Note: These % values are subject to change.

Is there room for improvement?   

The national target for childhood vaccinations is 95% coverage, so there is still room for improvement, especially in 24-27 month old children.

The national target for HPV vaccine coverage is 80%.

Things local government may already be doing 

  • Conducting school-based immunisation programs (SBIP) in their area to deliver HPV, dTpa (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) and meningococcal vaccines.
  • Conducting community vaccination clinics for the vaccination of children.

More things local government can do

  • Providing support for school-based immunisation programs
  • Providing support for community vaccination clinics in their area
  • Promoting influenza vaccinations among staff and the community during the flu season. 
  • Promoting positive immunisation messages in local communications

Where can I get more information about vaccination services in WA