Vaccination levels on the rise in NSW

THE Abbott government's "no jab, no pay" policy appears to be working to boost vaccination levels in NSW.

Immunise Australia Program figures reveal the number of conscientious objectors in the state dropped from 9732 to 9205 in the June quarter.

It follows the Federal Government introduction of new laws in April to cut families out of $15,000 in payments if they refuse to vaccinate their children.

The downward trend has been seen across the nation, with the current rate of conscientious objection dropping from 1.61% to 1.52% over the June quarter.

The National Health Performance Authority's latest postcode data released last year found the North Coast had the lowest rate of childhood vaccination in the country.

The Byron Shire had the worst rate in country with only two-thirds of children under five receiving vaccinations.

New figures on human papilloma virus revealed vast differences in immunisation rates from one side of the country to the other.

Mackay in Queensland had the best results, with 94% of 15-year-old girls having received the shot.

South eastern Tasmania, outer-western Sydney and the Blue Mountains in NSW recorded the lowest levels of just 56%.

Richmond-Tweed had NSW's second lowest HPV vaccination rate of 59% in 2013 - up from 51% a year earlier.

Coffs-Clarence's results worsened by 2% over the same period to 65%.

-APN NEWSDESK



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