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The number of Australian children who are fully immunised continues to increase to record levels with new data showing more parents are getting the message to protect their children with life-saving vaccines.
AusVaxSafety is a national system for monitoring vaccine safety in Australia. The report shows how parents and carers responded to the SMS about their child's health a few days after their vaccination at each schedule point in the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in Australia in 2016-17.
Coverage rates amongst Australian children continue to improve with 5 year old children having the highest coverage rates in history. 94% of Australian 5 year olds and over 96% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5 year olds are now fully vaccinated.
A national immunisation coverage target provides a goal against which Australia can measure its immunisation coverage. The Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020 encourages countries to demonstrate a commitment to immunisation.
From early 2018, young Australians have free access to the new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil®9 that protects against more types of HPV infection.
The Australian Government launched the 'Get the facts about immunisation' campaign in August 2017 to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will be able to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine for free under the National Immunisation Program from 2015.