Vaccination in Australia
Australian parents used to have freedom of choice concerning vaccination, but this has unfortunately changed, although school is not yet affected.
At present, the federal law applies to people who want a subsidy for childcare. Childcare is very expensive in Australia, so the government subsidises it, except for children who are not “up to date” with the 39 vaccines on the preschool schedule. This means that some parents have to give up their jobs because the cost of childcare becomes greater than their salary. Going on the dole becomes a better option.
There are also welfare payments that are not made when the child is not up to date. Basic welfare for parents who have no income is not affected.
The other laws are state laws, so it depends on where you live. Victoria is the worst. No kindergarten or childcare for those not up to date. Any institution that enrolls them faces a fine of $20,000.00.
QLD has changed the law so that it now is legal for an institution to refuse entry to a child. In the past it was illegal to discriminate, but many institutions did it anyway.
NSW has a law that people have to sign a conscientious objection form if they don’t accept all the vaccines. The form has to be co-signed by a GP or public health nurse. Sometimes parents find it hard to find someone who will co-sign.
Both the federal and Victorian laws allow medical exemptions, but doctors are not allowed to use their discretion. The gov decrees what is acceptable, and it is very limited. This is what the form says; “The individual identified on this form has a: permanent vaccine exemption due to medical contraindication because of the following: previous anaphylaxis (to vaccine/vaccine component) / / significant immunocompromise (live attenuated vaccines only)”
Australia has also introduced the insane practice of giving new babies the hepatitis B vaccine any time between when they are born and they are discharged from the hospital. Parents should let their hospital and/or their primary care giver know in writing that they do not consent to their new baby to be vaccinated against hepatitis b or to given the vitamin K injection. Read about the dangers of the hepatitis B vaccine HERE
– Vaccination Information Serving Australia – VISA (highly recommended)
– Vaccination Decisions (highly recommended) HERE
– Vaccination Information Service HERE
Read this informative article by Vaccination Decision’s Judy Wilyman about the vaccination situation in Australia HERE
– Vaccination Awareness HERE
– Vaccination Information Network Australia on Facebook HERE
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
Read about some important issues facing Australian in this article HERE
– Australian Childhood Vaccination Schedule HERE
– Report vaccine adverse events (due to having complied with the vaccination schedule) HERE