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Oct 27, 2017

Seven News wins a Wankley for flu-vaccine death scare

Yahoo7 knocked it out of the park on Thursday with a post appearing to suggest the vaccine had claimed an "eighth victim".

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

From time to time, someone makes a contribution to journalism so truly awful, Crikey likes to recognise it with Wankley Award. And today, there is no one more deserving than Seven News' online news team for its clickbait-y suggestion that flu vaccinations had killed eight people -- including a young student -- this year.

The story, on the Yahoo7 news website's top stories yesterday and posted to Facebook, was given the headline, "Warning over Australia's flu vaccine revealed as teen becomes latest victim", and the Facebook description said the story contained "troubling revelations about the flu vaccine".

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