Australian kids are still dying from vaccine-preventable diseases

A REVIEW of vaccine-preventable deaths in NSW highlights the need to improve coverage of influenza vaccination in children, particularly those at high risk, a researcher says.

Drawing on two databases, public health registrar Dr Anastasia Phillips, from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, Sydney, has reviewed vaccine-preventable paediatric deaths in the state over a decade.

The study, commissioned by the NSW Child Death Review Team, found influenza caused the most potentially preventable deaths, followed by pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease and