This 11th annual immunisation coverage report shows data for the calendar year 2017 derived from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and the National Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program Register.
This is the first report to include data on HPV vaccine course completion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) adolescents. 'Fully immunised' coverage at the 12- month assessment age increased in 2017 to reach 93.8% and at the 60-month assessment age to reach 94.5% in December 2017. 'Fully immunised' coverage at the 24-month assessment age decreased slightly to 89.8% in December 2017 following amendment in December 2016 to reintroduce the fourth DTPa vaccine dose at 18 months. 'Fully immunised' coverage at 12 and 60 months of age in Indigenous children reached the highest ever recorded levels of 93.2% and 96.9%, respectively, in December 2017.
Catch-up vaccination activity for the second dose of measles-mumps-rubella–containing vaccine was considerably higher among Indigenous adolescents compared to non-Indigenous adolescents aged 10–19 years (20.3% versus 6.4%, respectively, of those who had not previously received that dose). In 2017, 80.2% of females and 75.9% of males aged 15 years had received a full course of 3 doses of HPV vaccine. Of those who received dose one, 79% of Indigenous girls and 77% of Indigenous boys aged 15 years in 2017 completed 3 doses, compared to 91% and 90% of non-Indigenous girls and boys, respectively. A separate report is planned to present adult AIR data and assess the completeness of reporting.