The federal government is being accused of failing families by not providing free meningococcal vaccines to children under five.
A spike in deaths is forcing worried Western Australian parents to pay for the jab if they want to protect their babies, reports 7 news.
The state government has paid for a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for 17 to 19 year olds.
But the vaccine, which prevents four strains of the killer disease, is not free for children under five and costs over a $100 a shot.
“The federal government needs to step up and make the meningococcal ACWY vaccine available and accessible,” Meningitis Centre Australia board member Desiree Schofield said.
The Federal Health Minister’s office says he’s working on new meningococcal vaccine listings, but there’s no indication of when that might happen.
In 2017 there were 23 cases of the W strain of Meningococcal in Western Australia alone, killing five people. The strain killed 10 people across the country.
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