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More Anti-Vax Billboards Appear In Perth

A couple of months after a billboard spruiking an anti-vaccination message appeared in Northbridge, another couple have popped up in Carlisle. 

The two advertisements, on a corner on Oats Street and across the road from a childcare centre, asks passersby if they know what is in a vaccine.

It also provides a link to US-based, anti-vaccination website Learn the Risk.

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The WA government is alarmed at the appearance of anti-vaccination billboards in the Perth metropolitan area.

State Health Minister Roger Cook has again labelled the information on the billboards "dangerous and misleading".

Vaccinations protect young children from 16 from serious infections including measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, haemophilus influenzae type B disease, hepatitis B, rotavirus, chickenpox, meningococcal disease, influenza and pneumococcal disease.

"It is a common misconception that many of these infections are not serious; however, they can all cause serious illnesses and in some cases death, even among children who are otherwise fit and healthy," Mr Cook said in a statement.

"The World Health Organisation considers immunisation to be the most effective medical intervention we have to prevent deaths and reduce disease in our communities," he added.

AAP

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