Australians unaware they need a second vaccination prompt calls for better outreach programs

Travellers rather than anti-vaxxers are most likely responsible for the spike in measles cases in Australia, where 92 cases of the disease have been confirmed in 2019, close to the number of cases for the whole of 2018.

The sudden rise in cases has prompted the health minister, Greg Hunt, to reiterate the importance of vaccinations. “Immunisation saves lives,” he told reporters. “The measles vaccine is very effective at protecting lives.”

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