Western Australian Immunisation Strategy 2013-15

20 May 2013

Despite the overall success of immunisations and ready availability of safe and effective vaccines, many vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) still occur in Australia. The consequences of this include:

  • increased doctor visits
  • absence from work and school
  • hospitalisation
  • permanent disability
  • premature death.

Between 1989 and 1998, 581 deaths were recorded in Australia from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines on the current childhood immunisation schedule:

  • Measles
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis
  • Mumps
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis B.


Immunisation Strategy of Western Australia 2013-15 (PDF 3.3MB)