Health Snapshots

Fully immunised 5 year olds

Vaccines protect children from some serious diseases. At 5 years of age, children should have received additional vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough to be considered fully immunised. In 2019, almost 95% of all children aged 5 years in South Australia were fully immunised, an increase since 2012 (89%). Nationally, 97% of all children aged 5 years were fully immunised.

In 2019, the 3 regions in South Australia with the highest proportion of fully immunised 5 years olds (97%) were the Mid North, Outback and Tea Tree Gully regions.

The proportion of fully immunised Aboriginal 5 year olds is 96%, an increase since 2012 (83%).

Asthma

Asthma (chronic inflammation of the airways) is a common respiratory condition. Asthma may start during childhood and continue throughout life. In 2017-18, an estimated 16% of children and young people aged 2-17 years in South Australia reported having experienced symptoms of, or having received treatment for asthma in the previous 12 months.

Asthma in South Australia is more prevalent in young people aged 10-17 years (18%) than children aged 2-9 years (15%). Girls or young women (17%) are more likely to have the condition than boys or young men (15%).

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