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    Default Childcare and immunization

    My ds is due to start daycare soon and when we were at the interview I was socked to hear that it's not compulsory to immunize your child. I'm not sure how I feel about leaving him there anymore! Has anyone had a child become very ill from being at daycare( I'm not talking about the common cold)

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    I don't think it's a problem. My son is vaccinated to schedule (as most kids are in Australia), but it doesn't concern me that some children may not be vaccinated as those diseases aren't that common and my son is vaccinated anyway.

    My son has been in childcare for 3 years and he just gets the usual stuff, like colds.

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    The director told me that 10percent of the children there aren't vaccinated. Last year a baby had whooping cough at the daycare and that frightens me a bit. I would just assume that in a heavy populated area it would be compulsory to have everyone vaccinated

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    Usually if there is a breakout of a vaccinated disease the non-vax children will be excluded and the parent must sign a declaration saying you agree to it.

    It doesn't bother me as my kids will be vaccinated according to schedule except for the chicken pox vaccine.

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    No where in australia is it legal for children to be excluded from anything based on their vaccination status. (provided the government has been notified of what their status is)

    As long as your child is completely up to date for his age, and you trust vaccinations (as you clearly do) then whats the risk to him from other children not being vaccinated?

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    Hi OP, I just started my boy in day care and I'm not happy about it either.

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    My child can still get a degree of an illness from a non vaccinated child.

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    It depends on your child's age I guess. If they are young enough not to have had all their whooping cough vaccines and are exposed to the virus, then they are at more risk of contracting it. Whooping cough is very serious in babies. I wouldn't be comfortable with that personally, as there is always a risk there but I feel it would be an increased risk with more un-vaccinated children in close proximity to my child.

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    How stupid!!! They should atleast have to have the whooping cough vax!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alimia View Post
    My child can still get a degree of an illness from a non vaccinated child.
    Your child can get an illness from a vaccinated child. Heck your child could contract and spread an illness even if they are vaccinated!

    My children a vaccinated and I have no issue in gem attending daycare/school with non-vaccinated children.

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