Unvaccinated children should be held back from school and groups spreading anti-vaccination messages should be punished, according to the federal president of the Australian Medical Association.

Dr Steve Hambleton said a report released on Thursday detailing national immunisation rates raised concerns about parents in certain areas not following vaccination guidelines.

”We should certainly make it difficult for [unvaccinated] children to get to school,” said Steve Hambleton, responding to new national statistics on immunisation rates.

”And we should certainly have plans available to send all those children home if there are outbreaks.”

It is well known that fewer people are vaccinated in poorer neighbourhoods but Dr Hambleton said that ”perversely” the data revealed there had been a reduction in vaccination rates in wealthier suburbs.

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