Immunisation trending downwards

Immunisation rates among children aged under 12 months have dropped for the second time in the past year, potentially jeopardising the herd immunity needed to ward off disease.

According to the latest Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR), figures for the end of March show the percentage of children fully immunised by 12 months of age decreased from the previous quarter by 1.1 percentage points to 90.4 per cent. In the December quarter,