(Australian Associated Press)
More Australian five-year-olds are fully immunised than ever before, new data has revealed.
Official records for the three months to September show the national immunisation rate for five-year-old children was 94.52 per cent.
That’s the highest rate on record and up from 94.42 per cent the previous quarter.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says the rise shows most parents are getting the message about the benefits of vaccinations.
But he said it’s not a time for the coalition to rest on its laurels.
“There’s still work to do and we must remain vigilant as there are some areas throughout the country where child vaccination rates are lower than what we would like them to be,” he said.
“Immunisation saves lives and protects lives and it is important that we keep the public informed about its benefits.”