Vaccination rates by postcode

By 17 July, 2013 21

It started with wondering whether certain schools should be avoided as unvaccinated measles factories. I couldn’t find any statistics on vaccination rates in schools but I found great vaccination rates by postcode [xls file sorry] published by National Health Perfomance Authority [same database only for Internet Explorer victims].

Skipping the statistics for one year olds because the sample sizes are too small, I noticed that only 83% of the two year olds in 2601 [city] (with their educated parents and expensive apartments) are fully jabbed. Meanwhile the clear winner at 97% is 2906 [Conder, Banks, Gordon]. The 2604 [Kingston, Narrabundah] and 2606 [Chifley, O'Malley, Swinger Hill, Phillip, Woden, Lyons] codes also have the honour of coming in below 90% in this age group.

By five years of age, the suburbs with poor numbers are shifted down a few percent, with 2601 coming in at only 71% whereas Tuggeranong area 2904 and 2906 are the only ones remaining above 95%. Actually Tuggeranong generally wins, with the outer Gungahlin area a very close second and the outer suburbs generally beating the overpriced inner ones. (The very expensive very inner suburbs like Red Hill, Turner, etc are pretty good though.)

The area I was planning to move, 2600 [Deakin, Yarralumla] is not great with 90% vaccination at 2 years but by five they drop right down to 83%! I’m scared to send my kids to school with the neighbour kids!

So what’s with the discrepancy? Would anyone actually avoid the lower immunised areas in choosing a place to bring up their kids? And what do you guys in the shame zone have to say for yourselves?

Finally what’s with the weird shift between the way people are immunising their toddlers and their school kids? Do they get lazy and complacent after a couple of years?

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21 Responses to Vaccination rates by postcode
#1
johnboy1:18 pm, 17 Jul 13

At a guess I’d say the same dynamic correlating organic food and autism could be at work

#2
DrKoresh1:27 pm, 17 Jul 13

I’m not really a doctor, I just play one on this website, so don’t take my advice as a professional medical opinion but assuming your kids are all immunised and up to date with their jabs it shouldn’t prove too much of a problem.

#3
kea1:33 pm, 17 Jul 13

My child IS vaccinated, therefore, I have no issues with her being around children with the measles because, umm.. she’s vaccinated..

End. Of. Story.

#4
chewy141:37 pm, 17 Jul 13

kea said :

My child IS vaccinated, therefore, I have no issues with her being around children with the measles because, umm.. she’s vaccinated..

End. Of. Story.

You do realise that vaccines aren’t 100% effective right? The whole point in making sure everyone is vaccinated is the effect of herd immunity. Your child being vaccinated isn’t enough.

#5
Diggety2:30 pm, 17 Jul 13

I have a sneaking suspicion this thread will remind me of Bogan Fingers.

#6
Gungahlin Al2:45 pm, 17 Jul 13

Here’s the definitive backgrounder on immunisations, by REAL doctors:
http://www.science.org.au/policy/documents/AAS_Immunisation_FINAL_LR_v3.pdf

#7
MrBigEars2:51 pm, 17 Jul 13

I don’t want my child going to a low-vacc rate school because of the high chance she may be introduced to carob crackles. I don’t want to have the “sometimes food looks like food but tastes like licking a hobo” talk.

#8
teddyhb3:04 pm, 17 Jul 13

2601 has a little astertix next to it, if you look at the bottom of the spreadsheet you find this: * Interpret with caution: The eligible population is between 26 and 100 children..

#9
poetix3:05 pm, 17 Jul 13

Lots of students who go to school in Deakin do not live in Deakin. Although I doubt that there would be a great intake from the areas with the highest immunisation rates.

#10
enrique3:42 pm, 17 Jul 13

Known first world problem…

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/lower-vaccine-rates-put-wealthy-areas-at-risk-of-disease-20130410-2hlt5.html

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3735336.htm

Hoity toities somehow think that they are above the needs of the community and convince themselves that it is ok to not immunise their kids preferring instead to listen to the advice of some ‘guru’ they heard about from the other soccer mums/dads.

#11
BimboGeek4:40 pm, 17 Jul 13

Hi Al thanks for posting that link. It said that the general population needs to be 95% immunised to stop the spread of measles. No wonder it’s appeared in the less immunised schools, if only 2 postcodes actually manage to get over that 95% “fully immunised” threshold by the time the kids are 5 years old! Since babies don’t get MMR until 12-18 months we could be looking at losing a lot of babies! :(

I hope it’s more a case of people being a little “late” with their vaccines rather than not getting them done at all, and of maybe just one jab being missed rather than all of them.

Kids can eat all the carob crackles they like. It’s a bit fatty but at least it has a few vitamins in it.

#12
Masquara4:52 pm, 17 Jul 13

2601 resisting vaccination? How odd that the brainiac academics of Lyneham might be guilty of something so stupid as to not vaccinate their kids!

#13
Battlecat5:01 pm, 17 Jul 13

chewy14 said :

kea said :

My child IS vaccinated, therefore, I have no issues with her being around children with the measles because, umm.. she’s vaccinated..

End. Of. Story.

You do realise that vaccines aren’t 100% effective right? The whole point in making sure everyone is vaccinated is the effect of herd immunity. Your child being vaccinated isn’t enough.

Agree. And the reason they aren’t 100% effective is because of non immunised people. Even if your kids are vaccinated the unvaccinated people are still risking your child’s health.

#14
johnboy5:02 pm, 17 Jul 13

Lyneham is 2602

#15
KB19715:16 pm, 17 Jul 13

johnboy said :

Lyneham is 2602

Dont let the truth get in the way of a good story………

#16
Masquara5:24 pm, 17 Jul 13

KB1971 said :

johnboy said :

Lyneham is 2602

Dont let the truth get in the way of a good story………

Oh OK O’Connor academics then!

#17
johnboy5:28 pm, 17 Jul 13

Also 2602

#18
Masquara5:35 pm, 17 Jul 13

Masquara said :

KB1971 said :

johnboy said :

Lyneham is 2602

Dont let the truth get in the way of a good story………

Oh OK O’Connor academics then!

Oh OK Turner academics then!

#19
johnboy5:37 pm, 17 Jul 13

Turner and Braddon are 2612

#20
BimboGeek5:44 pm, 17 Jul 13

2601 is literally only just Civic and the part of Acton that isn’t ANU. Mostly PO boxes but there are also very expensive flats in the city with a handful of kids, some of which might be vaccinated.

#21
Masquara7:53 pm, 17 Jul 13

BimboGeek said :

2601 is literally only just Civic and the part of Acton that isn’t ANU. Mostly PO boxes but there are also very expensive flats in the city with a handful of kids, some of which might be vaccinated.

In that case, where there’s such a minuscule child population, the figure of 71% would probably be plus or minus something like 30%! Meaningless!

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