Unvaccinated baby succumbs to pertussis

The death sparked renewed calls for parents to check that their children's immunisations are up to date.

The NSW department of health confirmed that the child who died was younger than 12 months but did not provide further details. 

“This is a tragic reminder of why vaccination is so important and why herd immunity is necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Dr Saxon Smith, the president of AMA (NSW). 

“No parent should have to lose a baby to whooping cough.”

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