1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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As part of a national strategy to increase childhood immunisation rates in Australia, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) commenced operation on 1 January 1996.

At 30 June 2003, of the 42,111 Tasmanian children under the age of 7 years registered with the ACIR, those fully immunised to the highest level appropriate for their age group included:

  • 91.9% of those aged 12 months to less than 15 months.
  • 93.6% of those aged 24 months to less than 27 months.
  • 82.2% of those aged 72 months to less than 75 months.

Source: Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, Health Insurance Commission.


In 1998, among Tasmanians aged 18 years and over:
  • 76.4% thought that immunisation was very effective in preventing childhood disease.
  • 20.5% thought that immunisation was effective.
  • 1.0% thought that immunisation was not very effective.
  • 0.4% thought that immunisation was not effective at all.

Source: Healthy Communities Survey, 1998, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.


In 1998 Tasmanians aged 18-24 were least likely to think that immunisation was very effective (68.1%), whilst Tasmanians aged 55-64 were most likely to believe immunisation was very effective.


BELIEFS ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF IMMUNISATION, Tasmania - 1998

Age Group

18-24
25-44
45-54
55-64
65-74
75+

Response
%
%
%
%
%
%

Very effective
68.1
74.6
78.6
80.6
79.5
73.3
Effective
27.9
21.6
17.5
15.7
16.1
18.2
Not very effective
*1.2
*1.0
*1.0
*0.7
*0.7
*1.3

* estimate has a relative standard error of between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution

Source: Healthy Communities Survey, 1998, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.


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