Journal article

Childhood vaccination coverage in Australia: an equity perspective

Arzu Arat, Hannah C Moore, Sharon Goldfeld, Viveca Östberg, Vicky Sheppeard, Heather F Gidding

BMC Public Health | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: This study describes trends in social inequities in first dose measles-mumps-rubella (MMR1) vaccination coverage in Western Australia (WA) and New South Wales (NSW). Using probabilistically-linked administrative data for 1.2 million children born between 2002 and 2011, we compared levels and trends in MMR1 vaccination coverage measured at age 24 months by maternal country of birth, Aboriginal status, maternal age at delivery, socio-economic status, and remoteness in two states. Results: Vaccination coverage was 3–4% points lower among children of mothers who gave birth before the age of 20 years, mothers born overseas, mothers with an Aboriginal background, and parents with a l..

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