The South West’s School Immunisation Program has recorded some of the best vaccination rates in the state, a new report shows.
South West Hospital and Health Service Nursing Director Roma Childrens Health Ms Ninette Johnstone says Year 7 and 8 students in the region had topped the state for the rate of take-up of the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (dTpa) vaccine.
“They also scored highest or close to highest in the state for their rate of take-up of all three doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.”
Immunisation rates for all the state’s school programs were released in the recent School Immunisation Program 2016 Annual Report.
In 2016, students in years 7 and 8 in 574 secondary schools across Queensland – including 12 in the South West – were offered three doses of HPV vaccine; a single dose of dTpa and a single dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.
Ms Johnstone says 91.9% of Year 7 students and 90.9 % of Year 8 students – both boys and girls – had received their dose of dTpa in 2016.
“These were the highest take-up rates in the state for both years and well above the state averages of 77.3 per cent for Year 7s and 76.3 per cent for Year 8s.”
“This was an absolutely phenomenal result for our school immunisation nurses. Our HPV vaccination rates also were the highest or among the highest in the state.”
In the South West, 76.6 % of Year 7 boys received all three doses of the HPV vaccine, the highest rate in Queensland for Year 7 boys.
Among South West Year 7 girls, 74.3 % received all three doses of the HPV vaccine., the third highest rate in Queensland.
Among Year 8 girls, 80 % received all three HPV doses, which was the highest rate in the state.
South West Year 8 boys also scored well, with 71.1 % receiving all three doses of HPV, the second highest rate in the state.
“I am very proud of the work our community health staff have done to achieve this rate of success.’’