It's not like vaccination is some pie-in-the-sky new thing we don't know the ramifications of. If you are putting everyone else at risk bc of anecdotal evidence and blogs you (again a general you) have given up that right.
I'm a firm believer in bodily autonomy, I'm going to make that clear. It's a very important right. But when you weight that, which let's be honest is a first world right, against the right for the most vulnerable to be safe and not be infected by preventable illness... well to me it's no contest. Doesn't mean autonomy isn't important, just that it's trumped here.
I guess my only question is this being out forward to kill 2 birds with one stone (increase vac levels and save money on benefits) or purely money saving hiding behind something's that become a bit of an issue today (non-vaxers)? Either way I still agree with your post, just some thoughts I was having.
I just think about the children & adults in certain places in the Middle East who would give their right arm to be vaccinated against anything, but unfortunately certain groups keep intimidating (or worse) the aid workers trying to provide this service.
Are we in Australia perhaps too spoiled and entitled to appreciate what we are given for free?
Is it because vaccinations are free that many people don't value them?
Linking vaccinations to welfare puts a "value" on them, which is the only thing that's going to work for the people who just don't care.
I'd be interested to see if anti-vaxxers changed their minds if faced with a widespread epidemic of a VPD here.
I agree with it and think that their should be more visibility about who is un-vaccinated especially in childcare are schools.
As a way to target the wealthy I think the next step would be in impose a bigger Medicare levy on your tax return if you earn over a certain amount and your family vaccinations aren't up to date - similar to the levy that is imposed if you don't have private health insurance. Odds are that if you un-vaccinated then you are more likely, all other things being equal, to be a burden on the medical system therefore should be paying more than an vaccinated person
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If I ruled the world, anyone who didn't vax their children on anything other than medically approved grounds would have to forgo the benefits of science in their lives. If you're going to deny established science then it should be consistently applied. (Children would be exempt.)
Everyone else is getting screwed over by the Governments budgets measures. There's no reason why anti-vaxxers would be immune to this. Pun intended.
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