Record immunisation rate for five-year-olds

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The federal government has welcomed confirmation of the highest immunisation rate on record for Australian five-year-olds.

According to data for the first three months of 2019, the immunisation rate for all five-year-olds is 94.78 per cent, up from 94.67 per cent for the last three months of 2018 and the highest recorded figure.

"Australia now also has world leading vaccination rates for children which are well above the global vaccination coverage of 85 per cent," said health minister Greg Hunt.

"The latest figures show that the vast majority of parents are hearing the message about the benefits of vaccinations and I am delighted that our public health campaigns and our immunisation programs are protecting all Australians.

"Overall, immunisation coverage rates continue to increase for the three age groups - one, two and five year olds with Victoria and Tasmania both performing above the national rate," he said.

Mr Hunt welcomed confirmation immunisation rates for five-year-old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is above the national rate at 96.66 per cent.

"The low incidence of vaccine preventable disease in Australia confirms the effectiveness of our immunisation services, programs and policies," he said.

However, in a new policy paper released today, vaccine company GSK has cautioned Australia's strong record is under threat from current health technology assessment processes.