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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
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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 31 March 2005, of the 41,488 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:

    • 92.9% of those aged 12 months to less than 15 months,

    • 94.0% of those aged 24 months to less than 27 months, and

    • 84.2% 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.

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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