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Every day New Zealand children with serious health issues are falling through the cracks of the public health system. In the final part of a five-day series, the Herald looks at what's working, what's going wrong and what needs to change to ensure every Kiwi kid is being given the best chance to develop.

New Zealand is on the verge of losing "elimination" status for measles as the current outbreak spreads across the country.

The problem is one of many in the field of preventable diseases affecting children. Babies are vulnerable to whooping cough because many mothers have not received

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Measles

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Whooping cough

Meningococcal disease

Barriers stopping children from getting care

What needs to change?

This week's kids health series: