Perhaps hitting them in the hip pocket will work. Maybe not. At least it will give the Government extra $ to spend on someone else.
I'm not sure that education is key. Because I think 'they' have tried that and it's failing. The staunch antivaxxers aren't interested in 'education'.
I still agree with it in some form. Sure it may not hit his pockets of the wealthy. ..But I also don't think it will cause poverty. Those on low incomes will just have to go get their children vaccinated. Simple.
Sure it takes away bodily autonomy but really. .. What child has bodily autonomy?
I didn't ask my 4 weeks old baby or 6 month baby if she's wanted heart surgery. I chose for her. Just like I will continue to do as she grows.
There are some decisions that children can't and shouldn't make, and some decisions that adults should make on behalf of the greater good.
Something has to be done.
As an aside..I watched the latest episode of Law and Order SVU (yep... Love that show.. And yes. ..I know it's not real) but it was about this very idea. Apparently vaccination is compulsory in NYC. I didn't know that or if it's true. But it was a law suit against a mother who falsified documents about vaccinating her child. ... And that child was patient 0 in a measles epidemic. They charged her with child endangerment.
Sure it's fictional. ... But I thought it was a interesting story.
As for a response to the original article, I'm in two minds. It seems a 'hot' topic atm so I'm suspicious about what the government is trying to divert our attention away from 😏...But that's another topic. I do believe it's not 'forcing' families to vaccinate and should see increased rates of vaccination. The increase in the Medicare levy is a great idea to target high income earners equally. Having said that it treads a fine line on your 'choice' to have control over medical procedures so I can see why it seems scary. I am fully immunised except for the HPV vaccine, which seems irrelevant for me as a monogomous woman without HPV. I'm not sure how I'd feel if someone pressured me into getting the HPV vaccine when I had already made the conscious decision not to have that one vaccine. It's a toughy!
I'm also incensed when some have said on here in past debates if they were travelling overseas with their kids they would in fact vaccinate them, as they would if there was a severe outbreak and admit to riding off herd immunity. So the vax stops being dangerous when you really need it??
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Whats next? forced contraceptives, forced access to payments? both of which our current govt wants to do.
All put strain on our societies economy after all
I've read through most posts and I agree with most.
I do think that rather than taking benefits, something aimed more at childcare and schooling would be more efficient in encouraging people to vaccinate. The wealthy would have to pull their heads out of the sand then. It would also really benefit immunosuppressed children.
If this benefit cut were to effect medically exempt children then I'd be upset.
Which puts me in two minds about aiming rules at CC and schooling. My DS is immunosuppressed due to organ transplant at 19 months old, so isn't able to have any live vaccines. He's also anaphylactic to egg so can't receive those vaccines either.
If an unvaccinated child gave my son (nearing 7yo) whooping cough, he could be on death row, even after being vaccinated.
I hate that my son remains unvaccinated, because he's one of the children more likely to be taken out by a child who's parents decided that 'science is wrong'.
I can't fathom why a parent wouldn't want to prevent another's child from dying in any way possible. Or their own for that matter.
And for the record, I lived in Lismore for 25 years and the place was rampant. All demographics carried it around. A big part of moving away was my concern for our son when taking him out in public.
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