IPOH: Perak is among the four states in the country which have the highest number of babies without vaccination.
Perak Health director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie said that to overcome the problem, the department is planning take legal action against parents whose babies were not protected by immunisation.
"Parents, especially Malays, do not want to bring their babies for vaccination.
"They also refuse to allow the nurses to give the injection when the medical personnel visit their babies at home," she said adding that some of the parents believed that the vaccines were 'haram'.
Dr Juita was speaking after opening a forum on immunisation here today.
Meanwhile, she said food poisoning cases in Perak have grown to alarming levels this year, with 45 incidents reported to date involving 1,263 victims.
She said 887 of the victims were students from 32 schools.
The latest case involved 70 students of Sekolah Menengah Poi Lam (Suwa) in Lahat here, who suffered food poisoning after having a meal at the hostel's canteen on Thursday.
On Aug 20, 52 male students of the Gopeng Matriculation College came down with food poisoning after they consumed a chicken dish. Four days earlier, 53 students at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar also came down with food poisoning.
"Among the main reasons include the food operators not performing their tasks professionally and systematically.
"The canteen operator at Suwa for example, have four workers who did not get anti-typhoid injections," she said.