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NSW Annual Immunisation Coverage Report, 2011

Brynley Hull A D, Aditi Dey A, Sue Campbell-Lloyd B, Robert I. Menzies A C and Peter B. McIntyre A C

A National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
B Centre for Health Protection, NSW Ministry of Health
C Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney
D Corresponding author. Email: brynley.hull@health.nsw.gov.au

NSW Public Health Bulletin 23(10) 179-186 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB12084
Published: 12 December 2012

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Abstract: This annual report, the third in the series, documents trends in immunisation coverage in NSW for children, adolescents and the elderly, to the end of 2011. Methods: Data from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, the NSW School Immunisation Program and the NSW Population Health Survey were used to calculate various measures of population coverage. Results: During 2011, greater than 90% coverage was maintained for children at 12 and 24 months of age. For children at 5 years of age the improvement seen in 2010 was sustained, with coverage at or near 90%. For adolescents, there was improved coverage for all doses of human papillomavirus vaccine, both doses of hepatitis B vaccine, varicella vaccine and the dose of diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis given to school attendees in Years 7 and 10. Pneumococcal vaccination coverage in the elderly has been steadily rising, although it has remained lower than the influenza coverage estimates. Conclusion: This report provides trends in immunisation coverage in NSW across the age spectrum. The inclusion of coverage estimates for the pneumococcal conjugate, varicella and meningococcal C vaccines in the official coverage assessments for ‘fully immunised’ in 2013 is a welcome initiative.


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[3]  Hull BP, Deeks SL, McIntyre PB. The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register – a model for universal immunisation registers? Vaccine 2009; 27: 5054–60.
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[5]  Hull BP, McIntyre PB. Immunisation coverage reporting through the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register – an evaluation of the third-dose assumption. Aust N Z J Public Health 2000; 24: 17–21.
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[6]  Hull BP, Lawrence GL, MacIntyre CR, McIntyre PB. Estimating immunisation coverage: is the ‘third dose assumption’ still valid? Commun Dis Intell 2003; 27: 357–61.

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[8]  Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence. Health Statistics New South Wales. Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health. Available at: http://www.healthstats.nsw.gov.au/Indicator/com_flupneumoimmu_age/com_flupneumoimmu_age_trend (Cited 17 October 2012).

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[10]  Andrews RM. Assessment of vaccine coverage following the introduction of a publicly funded pneumococcal vaccine program for the elderly in Victoria, Australia. Vaccine 2005; 23: 2756–61.
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