Tony Ryall - Minister of Health
Thursday 14 November 2013, 10:53AM
Media release from Health Minister Tony Ryall
There has been an unprecedented increase in the Maori
immunisation rates over the past four years.
Immunisation rates for Maori children have improved so much in the
past four years that the Maori rates are now equal to or better
than the New Zealand European rate in more than half of the
country's district health boards (DHBs).
Two-year-old Maori children have higher immunisation rates than
New Zealand European children in Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Lakes,
Northland, Tairawhiti, Wairarapa, Waitemata and West Coast DHBs.
And equal rates in Canterbury, Hutt Valley, Southern and Taranaki
Health Minister Tony Ryall says results for Pacific communities
are even better.
"Immunisation rates for Pacific children are equal to or better
than the New Zealand European children in 17 DHBs. Even more
impressive, in eight of these DHBs every single Pacific child was
fully immunised at two years of age," says Mr Ryall.
End of financial year data from the Ministry of Health shows 90
per cent of Maori children and 95 per cent of Pacific children were
fully immunised by their second birthday.
In 2007, only 59 per cent of Maori children and 63 per cent of
Pacific children were fully immunised - this equates to a 50 per
"This is a tremendous result and a tribute to the hard work of
general practice teams, Well Child providers, community outreach
teams, midwives, district health board staff and the national
immunisation programme team.
"For the past four years these immunisation teams have taken our
country from having one of the lowest immunisation rates in the
world to having one of the highest. They have also removed the
significant difference in rates between different groups that we
had in the past," says Mr Ryall.
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