Frightening details released about the number of children who have lost their lives because they weren’t vaccinated.
A new study shows a worrying number of children are dying from diseases that could have been vaccinated against, reports 7 news.
Many of the deaths were preventable and some doctors are pointing the finger at “anti-vaxxer” crusades.
According to the NSW Ombudsman, over a decade-long period, 54 children died from diseases for which a vaccine was available, almost half of which could have been prevented.
Twelve children died from influenza and five from meningococcal – vaccines which are suggested but not compulsory.
“These tragic deaths should serve as a wake-up call for this government that they increase access,” NSW Shadow Health Minister Tania Mihailuk said.
AMA NSW president Bradley Frankum, believes anti-vaccination campaigns have swayed some parents from immunising their children.
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