Vaccinations hit targetThe fourth report on the National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines has found that State and Territory Governments have continued to hit vaccinations benchmarks.
Chair of the Council of Australian Governments’ Reform Council, John Brumby said the results were welcome.
"Many people think that we’re free from many of the diseases that afflicted our grandparents, yet in the 21st century 18 children an hour still die of measles around the world," Mr Brumby said.
"Recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in countries like the United States, Britain, New Zealand and even here in Australia have drawn attention to the ongoing need to remain vigilant in promoting vaccination among our children.”
Mr Brumby said more than 4,000 Australians died of diphtheria from 1926 to 1935, though since vaccination this had fallen to effectively none today.
He said the agreement was challenging for Governments because it required them to maintain or improve performance each year - in most cases the targets inch up over time.
"Despite the increased difficulty, each Government has met at least two of the four essential vaccines benchmarks making them eligible for reward payments," Mr Brumby said.
“Importantly, all Governments met the benchmarks to maintain or increase vaccination rates among four-year-old children, and to maintain or decrease vaccine wastage and leakage.”
The report found that Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory met all applicable benchmarks; South Australia and the ACT met two of the three applicable benchmarks.
Both failed to meet the benchmark of maintaining or increasing vaccination rates among Indigenous children while NSW and Tasmania failed to meet the benchmark for low coverage areas.
Edition 383, 15 October 2013