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THE Federal Government will withhold more than $2100 in tax benefits for families who refuse to vaccinate their children.

November 25, 2011

THE Federal Government will withhold more than $2100 in tax benefits for families who refuse to vaccinate their children.

The move is a drive by the Gillard Government to boost vaccination rates, with one in 10 Australian children not immunised.

It comes as part of a major shake-up of the national immunisation program which includes the introduction of more vaccines.

Children will have to be vaccinated against chicken pox, meningococcal C and pneumococcal from July 1, 2013.

A new combination vaccine will also be added to the program in 2013 to protect children against four different diseases - measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox.

This vaccine will be given to children at 18 months, instead of the age of four when they had their MMR jab to protect against measles, mumps and rubella.

The Government will announce today that from July 1 families will need to have their children fully immunised to receive the family tax benefit part A end-of-year supplement.

The supplement, worth $726 per child each year, will now only be paid once a child is fully immunised at one, two and five years of age, meaning more than $2100 could be withheld.

A new immunisation check will be introduced for one year olds to supplement the existing checks at two and five years of age.

Families are already required to have their child fully vaccinated to receive the childcare rebate and childcare benefit.

The new arrangements will replace the maternity immunisation allowance which provides $129 for families who meet immunisation requirements when their child is two and five.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon said: "We know that immunisation is fundamental to a child's lifelong health and that's why we want to make sure that children are immunised at the right time.

"We want all Australian kids to grow up healthy, and immunisation is essential to that."

The Government will also announce a new campaign to advise parents and healthcare providers on what they can do to protect their babies from whooping cough.

New parents will receive letters providing information on immunising against whooping cough, and how to identify the disease and prevent it spreading.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/inject-children-or-lose-...

 

 

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Comment by Kerry Hay on November 27, 2011 at 3:07am

The Weekend Australian article by Natasha Bita November 26-27 2011. Doctors want a closer study of side effects! 

Doctors demanded more monitoring of vaccine side-effects after the federal government announced penalties for families who fail to immunise their children.

Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton said the government must introduce "active surveillance" to monitor side effects instead of relying on doctors and patients to report problems through "passive surveillance".

Last year, health authorities took weeks to suspend a flu vaccine that caused febrile fits in children.

"For a vaccine, you are taking healthy people and trying to keep them healthy so surveillance of the side efects is doubly important," Dr Hambleton said.

"We need to maintain confidence in the program. We can't just say to people, 'Don't worry, it's safe'."

Health Minister Nicola Roxon has added three vaccines -- meningococcal C, peeumococcal and chicken pox -- to the national immunisation program from July 2013. From July next year, families will miss out on $2100 in family tax benefits Part A payment unless they immunise their children with every vaccine on the government's list.

Dr Hambleton said doctors strongly support immunisation to protect children against life-threatening illness.

But he called for taxpayer funding of Australia's medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which is entirely funded by user-pay charges on the pharmaceutical industry.

He said the TGA needed to work "better and quicker" to ensure prescribing advice to doctors always included the most up-to-date data on clinical trials and side effects:

 

P.S. What is wrong with taking vitamin "D" instead of injecting vaccine poisons into healthy people?

 

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