Children who died from diseases preventable by vaccination quantified

More than 50 children have died in NSW over 10 years from diseases that could have been prevented through immunisation. An analysis of child deaths from 2005 to 2014 has identified 54 children who died from infectious diseases for which a vaccine is currently available. But most preventable deaths were caused by influenza and meningococcal B, which have vaccines that are not provided free of charge under the national immunisation program and have to be privately purchased. The Child Death Review Team, which commissioned the research as part of its annual review of child deaths, has recommended that parents wishing…
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