As parents continue to refuse to vaccinate their children a shocking number of deaths from diseases could have been prevented.
In NSW 54 children are believed to have died from illnesses for which a vaccine was available with 23 cases between 2005 and 2015 deemed ‘potentially preventable’ or ‘preventable’.
Meningococcal – the most common vaccine-preventable illness claimed five lives and another 12 were due to influenza.
Deaths in NSW from diseases as parents to refuse to vaccinate (stock picture)
Expectant mums are being urged to get their jabs in the wake of the research, conducted for the NSW Ombudsman’s Child Death Review Team.
‘An additional 15 deaths would be potentially preventable as of August 2016 due to immunisation recommendation changes including maternal vaccination,’ the researchers wrote.
The deaths of another nine babies ‘may have been preventable through maternal vaccination during pregnancy’ as they were too young to have been vaccinated.
Acting health spokeswoman Tania Mihailuk for Labor said the state government had allowed the ‘radical anti-vaxxer movement a free run at influencing mothers’.
In NSW 54 children have died from illnesses for which a vaccine was available
She said more needs to be done by the government to counter the ‘deadly spin of anti-vaxxers’.
Australian Medical Association NSW president Brad Frankum said anti-vaxxers needed to take some responsibility for the deaths.
‘If they convince a single parent not to vaccinate their child due to their false information, they’re culpable in my opinion,’ he said.