Sydney Suburbs Where Parents Are Still Not Vaccinating Their Kids

"Grossly irresponsible" says AMA

Sydney Suburbs Where Parents Are Still Not Vaccinating Their Kids

The number of Aussie kids who are fully vaccinated continues to rise, but there are still some parents who just don't get it.

The postcode in NSW with the lowest vaccination rate is 2000 which includes Sydney City, Haymarket and The Rocks, where only 70.5 per cent of kids are up to date with their jabs at the age of 5.

While the area with the highest vaccination rate in the state is the postcode 2517 including the suburbs of Woonona and Russell Vale in Wollongong, where 99.5 per cent of 5 year old children are fully immunised.

TOP TEN POSTCODES IN NSW WITH LOWEST VACCINATION RATES FOR 5 YEAR OLDS - 2015/2016

2000 Sydney, Haymarket, The Rocks - 70.5%

2134 Burwood, Burwood North - 72.8%

2481 Byron Bay area - 73.2%

2483 Brunswick Heads - 76.5%

2095 Manly - 81.4%

2780 Katoomba, Leura - 81.4%

2090 Cremorne - 83.3%

2024 Bronte, Waverley - 84.2%

2017 Waterloo, Zetland - 84.4%

2023 Bellevue Hill - 84.6%


SYDNEY VACCINATION RATES FOR 5 YEAR OLDS BY AREA - 2015/2016 (Primary Health Network Area)

South Western Sydney - 94%

Western Sydney - 93%

Central and Eastern Sydney - 91.5%

Northern Sydney - 91.3%

The national report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveals 93 per cent of Australian five year olds were fully immunised in 2015-16. This is up from 90 per cent in 2011-12, however below the national target of 95 per cent.

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AMA President Dr Michael Gannon has welcomed the increase in vaccinations, but says we're still not at the national target of 95%.

"Vaccination against infectious disease is the public health triumph of the last 50 years and it is grossly irresponsible when politicians, celebrity chefs and other people of profile come up with unscientific claptrap about the risks of vaccination."

Dr Gannon says there are still some areas where vaccination rates are still far too low.

"Sometimes we hold our head in our hands. The sad fact is that the use of the internet to spread misinformation in certain areas where there might be alternative lifestyles is a serious problem for the kids in those areas," said Dr Gannon.

As for any parents who are still hesitant about vaccinating their children?

"Is there any doubt about the benefits? No there's not." said Dr Gannon.

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