Western Australia’s Health Minister has called for two new anti-vaccination billboards that have appeared in Perth to be torn down immediately.
The advertisements have gone up within metres of a daycare centre, proposing the controversial question: “Do you know what’s in a vaccine?”
“I’m calling on the local council authorities, I’m calling on the company who sponsors this billboard, to get them down now,” Health Minister Roger Cook said.
“These people are pedalling lies and they must be stopped.”
The Town of Victoria Park says the signs haven’t been given planning approval and so the property owner will need to pull them down within 14 days.
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The website that the billboard points to claims that vaccinations are killing people – a claim that Mr Cook swiftly refuted.
“The anti-vaxxers are a devious bunch and they’ll use any way they can to try and get their lies out into the community,” he said.
The uproar emerged on a day when the Health Department confirmed another child is in hospital with meningococcal – the 16th case in WA this year.
The child has the W strain and the government is urging parents to take up a free vaccine for children aged one to four.