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Evaluation of a targeted immunisation program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants in an urban setting Volume 19 Issue 5-6

Paul Thomas, Telphia L. Joseph, Robert I. Menzies

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 19(6) 96–99 Published online: 26 June 2008

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Paul Thomas

Telphia L. Joseph

Robert I. Menzies


A conjugate pneumococcal vaccination program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in an urban setting initially achieved poor uptake. A targeted intervention was developed to raise awareness among hospital staff, in general practice and in parents of eligible children. An evaluation of the intervention found moderate levels of increased awareness, use of promotional materials and an increase in vaccination. However, significant structural barriers remained.