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    No - I feel it is very important to be immunised so the $$ wouldn't matter to me. I've paid for vaccinations for myself and dh.

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    I would still pay for them. Regardless.
    I wanted to get the synagis shots for my DD for RSV. They are very expensive.. Think upwards of $1500... If not more. They often give it to babies like my DD who have chronic health conditions under government funding but it's very hard to get. Unfortunately DD caught RSV while I was fighting to get it. But she's handled it quite well.
    We've been discussing with her pediatrician about getting the meningococcal one too.
    But he believes it will be subsidized fairly soon.

    I would definitely pay to get vaxxes done. I've paid for DH and I.... plus our dog! of course I'd pay for DD.

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    Default *spin off* Would MONEY change whether or not you vax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lillynix View Post
    Sorry, I did misunderstand, but my point still stands. Parents have 8 months to save up for the next X amount of years worth of childcare benefits, rebates and FTB supplements, that they would now miss out, in order to continue to survive/work? Is that what you're suggesting?
    Yep that's what I'm suggesting. Just like if I lose my job and have to accept a job with less remuneration because that's all that is available, then I adjust my budget. I understand that some people can't adjust their budget any further as there is nothing else they can reduce. So if that was me, I would either vaccinate my child or if I was still staunchly anti-vax, I would do what I had to to increase my income, whether that be to get a job doing night fill or cleaning, or studying to get a higher paying job.

    I know there are a lot of reasons why people might not be able to put this into place but that's when they have to decide whether it's more important to continue to deny science or for their children to have a roof over their head and food in their tummies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    Yeah, they absolutely should. Adults need whooping cough vaccines every 5 years - yet hardly anyone knows about it and it isn't free. That needs to change for sure!
    I got free Whooping Cough Vax when I took DS for his 6wk old vax. So did my mother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiseOldOwl View Post
    I got free Whooping Cough Vax when I took DS for his 6wk old vax. So did my mother.
    It's not standard though. When I was pregnant with my first, my dad needed the whooping cough vax and my gp told me to send him there and he would bulk bill it, otherwise he would have had to pay if he saw his regular gp.

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    Only a radical change in scientific evidence would influence my decision to vaccinate. I would absolutely pay for them if I had to.

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    Yeah - my mother had to pay for hers as well. They keep changing it of course, now all pregnant women get it free don't they? Which is good!

    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    It's not standard though. When I was pregnant with my first, my dad needed the whooping cough vax and my gp told me to send him there and he would bulk bill it, otherwise he would have had to pay if he saw his regular gp.

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    This question isn't actually comparable. A better question would be, if science suddenly found vaccines were dangerous and didn't work but the government threatened to take away payments if you refuse to vax, would you vax or refuse and lose payments. My answer would be if there was overwhelming evidence that showed vaccines were dangerous and ineffective, then I wouldn't vaccinate even if it meant losing payments. But it would be an evidence based decision based on thousands of studies, overwhelming evidence etc.

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