What is Immunise Melbourne?
Immunise Melbourne aims to raise awareness about immunisation to increase the vaccination rate of children 0-4 years across Melbourne’s north and west.
This year our campaign is focussed on improving vaccination rates for children who are 12 to 18 months. Vaccination rates are currently under 90% for this age group in our region, well under the target of 95% needed for the best level of community protection.
The people who appear on the Immunise Melbourne website and posters are real members of our community who have volunteered to be involved. Their stories are representative of many people and many families. We hope to encourage parents who are hesitant about immunisation to read their stories and as a result to choose to also immunise their children. Immunise Melbourne provides easy access to other trusted, evidence based information which supports parents in their decision making about immunisation.
The Immunise Melbourne campaign is supported by a range of organisations and individuals in our community, including local specialists, general practices, childcare organisations and councils. The campaign originally drew on the concept and great work done by the Immunisation Alliance of WA’s I Immunise campaign.
Although Australian rates of immunisation are some of the best in the world, there is a small and increasing trend of non-immunisation within the greater Melbourne area. Children who are not fully immunised are at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, measles and polio, and the short- and long-term health consequences associated with these.
- Immunisation also plays a role in protecting individuals who are not immunised, through the concept of ‘herd immunity’.
- Immunisation coverage needs to exceed 95% in order to achieve and maintain the level of herd immunity needed to interrupt the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.*
You can find out all of the latest statistics about immunisation in your area here: www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au/interactive/immunisation, and see the information as a chart here.
Australia’s vaccination profile
The National Survey of Australian Public Attitudes to Vaccination, 2013 shows support is high with Australia having one of the highest rates in the world.
- 92% of Australian parents allow their children to be fully vaccinated on time.
- 47% of parents have no concerns about vaccine safety.
- 53% of parents have at least some concerns around vaccinating their children.
- 45% allow their children to be vaccinated anyway.
- 8% delay or avoid vaccines (Of this 8%, 2% fully refuse vaccines for their children).