Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Vaccination Coverage in Australia, 2003 to 2005

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Disclaimer: This is the fourth report on vaccine preventable disease and vaccination coverage in Australia, and is produced by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing published as a supplement to the Communicable Diseases Intelligence journal Volume 31, June 2007.

Page last updated: 20 July 2007

We thank the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases, especially Dr Cathy Mead and Professor John Kaldor, who generated the initial ideas for these reports. Special thanks to Dr Rod Givney, Communicable Diseases Control Branch, Department of Human Services, South Australia, for the provision of South Australian varicella-zoster notifications data and Dr Rosalie Schultz, Dr Peter Markey and Dr Christine Selvey, Centre for Disease Control, Northern Territory, for the provision of Northern Territory rotavirus notification data.

We wish to acknowledge the following people who provided expert feedback for individual chapters: Dr Paul Roche, Ms Megan Cumerlato and Ms Michelle Bramley for methods, Mr Ross Andrews for pneumococcal disease, Professor Mark Ferson for hepatitis A, Professor Margaret Burgess for rubella, Dr Gregory Dore for hepatitis B, Professor Lyn Gilbert for diphtheria and tetanus, Dr Jeremy McAnulty for Hib disease, Dr Frank Beard for influenza, Dr Bruce Thorley for polio, Dr Steve Lambert for mumps, Dr Michaela Riddell for measles, Ms Karen Peterson for vaccination coverage, Dr Paul van Buynder for pertussis, Dr Mark Veitch for varicella-zoster, Dr Brad McCall for meningococcal disease, Professor Barrie Marmion for Q fever, Dr Vicki Krause for rotavirus and Ms Rebecca Dadds for funding. We also thank Dr Mary Iskander for assistance in preparation of the influenza chapter and Ms Catherine King, Ms Donna Armstrong and Ms Kirsty Whybrow who provided library support and edited the manuscript.

We wish to acknowledge the following organisations for provision of data for this report: the Surveillance Policy and Systems Section of the Office of Health Protection of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, for data from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System; and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Hospitals Unit and Population Health Unit, for data from the National Hospital Morbidity and Mortality Databases.

The report was reviewed by a representative of the Commonwealth, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and each Australian jurisdiction from the Communicable Diseases Network Australia before publication.

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