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Vaccine. 2009 Jan 7;27(2):307-12. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.09.096. Epub 2008 Oct 31.

Immunisation coverage in Australian Indigenous children: Time to move the goal posts.

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  • 1School of Population Health & Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Childhood immunisation coverage reported at 12 to <15 months and 2 years of age, may mask deficiencies in the timeliness of vaccines designed to protect against diseases in infancy. This study aimed to evaluate immunisation timeliness in Indigenous infants in the Northern Territory, Australia. Coverage was analysed at the date children turned 7, 13 and 18 months of age. By 7 months of age, 45.2% of children had completed the recommended schedule, increasing to 49.5% and 81.2% at 13 and 18 months of age, respectively. Immunisation performance benchmarks must focus on improving the timeliness in these children in the first year of life.

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