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High coverage for the Childhood Immunisation Programme in Norway

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The vast majority of children and adolescents in Norway receive the vaccines recommended in the Childhood Immunisation Programme. This is shown by the vaccination coverage statistics for 2019 from the Norwegian Immunisation Registry SYSVAK.

The vast majority of children and adolescents in Norway receive the vaccines recommended in the Childhood Immunisation Programme. This is shown by the vaccination coverage statistics for 2019 from the Norwegian Immunisation Registry SYSVAK.


The vaccination coverage for three age groups (2, 9 and 16-year-olds) is published annually, and the coverage is consistently high. For example, 97 per cent of 2-year-olds are vaccinated against measles, through the combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR vaccine).

"Because of the high vaccination coverage, children in Norway are well protected against measles, which is one of the most contagious childhood diseases we have," said Didrik Vestrheim from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

All children living in Norway are offered two doses of measles vaccine before reaching the age of 16. The first dose is given at 15 months of age and the second dose is given in 6th grade. Among 16-year-olds, 95 per cent are registered with two doses of measles vaccine.

“An enormous effort is being made in the municipal health service to make sure that every child gets the vaccines they need at the right time and at the right intervals,” continues Vestrheim.

Hepatitis B vaccine in the Childhood Immunisation Programme

Since 2017, the hepatitis B vaccine has been offered through the immunisation programme. It is given as a combination vaccine with the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib infection (Haemophilus influenza type B) at 3-, 5- and 12-months of age. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health can now issue vaccination coverage statistics for the hepatitis B vaccine for all 2-year-olds, with 96 per cent being vaccinated nationwide.

“We are delighted to see that so many are taking the vaccine. Not only are children protected against the disease, but with high vaccination coverage, the number of new carriers is reduced which helps limit transmission in society in the long term,” concludes Vestrheim.

Vaccination coverage statistics for 2019

The table below shows some of the 2019 vaccination coverage statistics for 2 and 16-year-olds at a national level.

 

Diphtheria
Tetanus
Whooping cough

Measles

Poliomyelitis

Hib
infection

Rotavirus
infection

Hepatitis B

HPV-infection (girls)

2- year-olds

97 %

97 %

97 %

97 %

95 %

96 %

16-year-olds

94 %

95 %

94 %

89 %

Facts about the coverage statistics

All vaccinations given through the immunisation programme are notified to the Norwegian Immunisation Registry SYSVAK, by the public health clinics and the school health service at an individual level. The coverage statistics show the proportion of children who are vaccinated according to the recommendations in the immunisation programme.

  • The annual vaccination coverage that is published is the minimum figure, and the actual coverage may be higher than the statistics show. The most common reason why children appearing to have incomplete vaccination is due to technical problems with digital transmission of vaccine notification from the municipalities to SYSVAK. Another reason may be that children have followed a non-standard vaccination schedule for their age group. This is often the explanation for somewhat lower coverage rates for HPV.
  • The vaccination coverage is published at a national and county level for three age groups: 2-, 9- and 16-year-olds. The municipal statistics are in the Municipal Health Statistics Bank (in Norwegian only).