The vaccination status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children in far North Queensland

Hanna, Jeffrey N., Malcolm, Ruth L., Vlack, Susan A. and Andrews, Debora E. (1998) The vaccination status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children in far North Queensland. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22 6: 664-668. doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.1998.tb01466.x


Author Hanna, Jeffrey N.
Malcolm, Ruth L.
Vlack, Susan A.
Andrews, Debora E.
Title The vaccination status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children in far North Queensland
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Publication date 1998-10-01
Year available 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1998.tb01466.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 6
Start page 664
End page 668
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract A survey was undertaken to ascertain the vaccination status of all 773 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children who were born and remained in Far North Queensland during the 1993-94 financial year. Only 42% had received all 15 vaccines scheduled in the first two years of life by their second birthday. More who resided in remote communities were fully vaccinated (64%) by then than those who lived in rural towns (32%) or an urban setting (21%) (p<0.01). The 445 children who were not fully vaccinated required a median of three vaccines to have been fully vaccinated by the second birthday. Of these, 146 (33%) required only one vaccine, nearly 60% of whom would have been fully vaccinated if they had had the fourth (18-month) dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine. Of the 445, 143 (32%) required five or more vaccines to have been fully vaccinated. Only 26% and 36% of the children received all the vaccines scheduled at six and 12 months of age, respectively, on the same day. However, the eventual uptakes of the three vaccines scheduled at six months of age were very similar (similar to 80%) and simultaneous vaccination with the two vaccines scheduled at 12 months of age would have made a very limited (similar to 4 percentage points) impact on the overall percentage of fully vaccinated children. Considerably more than simple and apparently logical strategies will be required to ensure that Indigenous children in Far North Queensland are adequately vaccinated. A systematic approach, with a careful understanding of the barriers to routine vaccination and a means of prospectively tracking the vaccination status of each child, will be needed if state and national vaccination goals are to be met.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SCI
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SSCI
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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