It's kind of promising, it said the religious exemptions were only valid for certain approved religions, I'm hoping they crack down on the vaccine religious group (they may all flock to Jehovah's Witness or another religion, but that's another problem).
Read the article in today's Sunday Mail. Religious exemptions are BS and shouldn't be allowed for the reasons many PP's have listed.
Never ceases to amaze me how the anti-vaxxer's of all persuasions (especially the religious) are the first to be lining up for medical care at either a doctor's surgery or ED's at hospitals etc
Such a bunch of bloody hypocrites the whole lot of them!!!
Are there religions that forbid vaccinations?
There is a change.org petition against these changes for anyone interested https://www.change.org/p/minister-sc...coerced-choice
I thought the claims in the first two paragraphs were interesting, I haven't verified them though there are references in the original link. I'm not sure why it says "1.8%" of unvaccinated kids - is it meant to be 10%? It does fit in with scientific data showing the "seasonal" epidemics, or increase of reported cases every 3-4 years regardless of vaccine uptake rates.In 1991 <71% of Australian children were fully vaccinated and there were only 347 cases of Whooping Cough, while in 2011 with 90% of children vaccinated, we had 38,751 cases an increase of over 11,000%! How can you blame the 1.8% of unvaccinated children in 2015?
The vaccinated can become asymptomatic transmitters of Whooping Cough and infect young infants, while the dominant strain of Whooping Cough is not even targeted by the vaccine. A study has also linked the Whooping cough outbreaks to vaccinated children and adolescents.
If raising already high vaccination rates is the purpose of this part of the legislation and the wealthy areas of Australia have the lowest rates, then how does targeting low income families change the vaccination rates of high income families?
We have seen children who have been injured or killed after vaccination in Australia, like Saba Button, Ashley Epapara and Lachlan Neyland and the hundreds of children rushed to hospital during the Fluvax debacle of 2009 . By bringing in punishments for families who choose not to vaccinate you are saying that these children are acceptable collateral damage and that they have less value than children injured or killed by diseases, how would you feel if that was your child?
Our children deserve better than a one size fits all approach to health care, especially when the healthcare products are being produced by a multi-billion dollar industry with a long and sordid history of fraud and deceptive practices. Just look at the industry whistle-blowers who have courageously come out to testify of this fact, such as Dr William Thompson PhD, Dr's Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski and the revelations of Peter Gøtzsche from the Cochrane Collaboration.
If there is a risk there MUST be a choice, ALL parents have the RIGHT and the duty to decide WHICH risk is acceptable to their own families!
I've also read there are strains of whooping cough not covered by vaccines, I wonder if this is proven? I agree with a previous poster who had a good ol' rant about people spreading sickness by attending the workplace while seriously ill, I've also seen (and heard!) very sick bubs at playgroups and libraries over the years. If we are all so terrified of disease, including vaccine preventable disease, why are we not taking more care in spreading them around?
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