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Vaccinations are a vital part of ethical ‘alternative’ lifestyles

Fisher, C., Attwell, K. and Wise, M.J. (2014) Vaccinations are a vital part of ethical ‘alternative’ lifestyles. The Conversation, 30 January 2014 .

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Often cited as one of the most important medical breakthroughs in human history, immunisation has been a hallmark of public health interventions for more than 200 years. Globally, an estimated 2.5 million deaths are prevented annually because of vaccinations.

Since 2005, childhood immunisation rates in Australia have consistently been at around 92% for tetanus, diptheria and pertussis (whooping cough) and slightly higher for measles at 94%. Coverage is lowest in Western Australia, and has been lower than the national average since 2004.

As at September 2013, 90.7% of Western Australian children aged between 12 and 15 months, 91.1% aged between 24 and 27 months, and 90.3% aged between 60 and 63 months were fully immunised, making Western Australia the lowest nationally for the latter two, and second lowest after New South Wales in the 12- to 15-month age group.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
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