The burden of vaccine preventable diseases in Australia

11 November 2019

A report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed new data about vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), demonstrating a 31 per cent decrease between 2005 and 2015 in the overall age-standardised rate of disease burden due to the 17 VPDs with vaccines included on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) schedule.

The report measured the combined impact of living with an illness or injury (non-fatal burden) or dying prematurely (fatal burden), using ‘disability-adjusted life years’ (DALYs).

The most notable decrease in VPD burden was among infants, young children and young adults aged 15–24 years. The report also showed that between 2005 and 2015, the age-standardised rate of VPD burden among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians decreased by almost 41 per cent; however, the rate in 2015 was 4.1 times higher than that for non-Indigenous Australians.

Read the full report here.

Read the summary of report here.