Communicable Diseases Intelligence supplement, June 2000
This report was written at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS).
Published by Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care
The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (NCIRS) has prepared a report entitled 'Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Vaccination Coverage in Australia, 1993-1998' which provides a comprehensive national picture of the recent epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). The report reviews notifications (1993-8), hospitalisations (1993/4-1997/8), and deaths (1993-7) for 8 diseases on the routine childhood vaccination schedule (diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type b disease, measles, mumps, pertussis, poliomyelitis, rubella, tetanus), and 4 other diseases potentially preventable by childhood vaccination (hepatitis A, acute hepatitis B, invasive pneumococcal disease, varicella). It also examines vaccination coverage data from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the same period. The report brings together for the first time all three national sources of routinely collected data about vaccine preventable diseases, for all age groups in Australia, together with information about vaccination coverage. It is a valuable resource for health professionals providing evidence of the impact of changes in vaccination practice over the six years, particularly notable for measles and Hib disease, and a baseline against which further changes can be measured.
Vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination coverage in Australia, 1993-1998 (PDF 484 KB)
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