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NSW Annual Vaccine-Preventable Disease Report, 2009 Volume 21 Issue 9-10

Paula J. Spokes, Robin E. Gilmour

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 21(10) 197–209 Published online: 18 November 2010

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Paula J. Spokes

Robin E. Gilmour


Aims: To describe trends in case notification data for vaccine-preventable diseases in NSW for 2009. Methods: Risk factor and vaccination status data was collected from cases through public health unit follow-up. Data from the NSW Notifiable Diseases Database were analysed by: area health service of residence; age; vaccination status; and sub-organism, as appropriate for the period 1991–2009. Results: The incidence of vaccine-preventable disease has declined over time. Outbreaks of measles and pertussis occur in the community, associated with unimmunised groups (measles) or as a result of waning immunity (pertussis). Conclusion: Regular reporting of vaccine-preventable disease surveillance data will help inform control strategies in NSW.