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NSW Annual Vaccine-Preventable Disease Report, 2011

Alexander Rosewell, Paula J. Spokes, Robin E. Gilmour

NSW Public Health Bulletin 23(10) 171-178 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB12086 Published: 12 December 2012

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About the author/s

Alexander Rosewell | Health Protection NSW

Paula J. Spokes | Health Protection NSW

Robin E. Gilmour | Health Protection NSW

Corresponding author

Alexander Rosewell | arosw@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

Aim: To describe the epidemiology of selected vaccine-preventable diseases in NSW for 2011. Methods: Data from the NSW Notifiable Conditions Information Management System were analysed by: local health district of residence, age, Aboriginality, vaccination status, and organism, where available. Risk factor and vaccination status data were collected by public health units for case-patients following notification under the NSW Public Health Act 1991*. Results: Outbreaks of measles and pertussis were reported in 2011, associated with unimmunised groups for measles, and a variety of factors for pertussis. Notification rates for other selected vaccine-preventable diseases remained stable. Conclusion: Vaccine-preventable diseases are generally well controlled in NSW. However, pertussis remains an important public health issue. To prevent measles high population vaccination coverage, including vaccination in risk groups, is essential.