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article imageWealthy Australian suburbs have low vaccination rates

By Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti     Mar 31, 2014 in Health
New research shows that wealthier Sydney, Australia suburbs are where parents are more often found to object to vaccinations for their children.
The research shows that affluent suburbs in Sydney's north, inner west and east have some of the lowest childhood immunisation rates in Australia.
Data from the National Health Performance Authority shows that about 80 per cent of five-year-old children in suburbs such as Manly, Paddington and Annandale are fully vaccinated compared to significantly higher rates in the Illawarra area,
According to some experts, parents in inner-Sydney may not complete their children's vaccinations because they travel or move overseas, are concerned about side effects or are influenced by information from anti-vaccination groups.
For the first time, the report records the number of parents who have registered as conscientious objectors to vaccination.
Associate professor in the school of public health at the University of Sydney, Julie Leask, told the Sydney Morning Herald that access and acceptance are the two major reasons parents forgo vaccination programs. She said, ''Parents on the north coast are subject to less acceptance because they don't like the idea of children getting so many vaccines so they pick and choose. Many parents are also influenced by their peers.''
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