Pro-vaccine measures in 2017 Budget

The anti-vaccination lobby will not be pleased with the 2017 Federal Budget.

Following on its No Jab No Pay policy, the government has decided that families who fail to immunise their children and who fail to get a health check on their 4-year-olds will lose $28 a fortnight from the Family Tax Benefit.

This is part of the policy of increasing national immunisation coverage rates and improving the effectiveness of the National Immunisation Program Increase. The aim is that the immunisation coverage rates in children at 5 years of age should increase from the estimated 92.2 per cent of children immunised in 2016-17 to at least 94 per cent by 2020-21.

The Government says it will commit $14.1 million over four years through the National Immunisation Program to provide ongoing catch-up vaccines for almost 375,000 Australians aged 10 to 19 years, and more than 8000 adult refugees and humanitarian entrants.

In addition, the Government will launch a $5.5 million awareness campaign over three years to improve awareness and uptake of immunisation for children less than five years of age.

Regular reminders will be sent to parents covering the importance of immunising children and protecting public health.

2 thoughts on “Pro-vaccine measures in 2017 Budget”

  1. You blokes are going to give scientists a bad name. Neither you nor any doctor knows how each vaccine is produced, purified, activated/inactivated, how successful or not such activating actions are; the constituents of each batch, batch control and the specific molecular actions that occur in vivo from the administration of this multiple protein/adjuvant mix.
    What you do have is clinical trial results provided to you by the manufacturers. And you call yourself scientists! I am a biochemist and I would not have a clue whether vaccines are as safe as claimed and neither would you. So kindly stop this inquisition type hunt of anti vaxxers (most of whom are more correctly described as ex vaxxers). Your embarrassment will be extreme if it turns out down the line that some of the plethora of vaccines in the market are not as safe as currently believed. Leave them alone and concentrate on something more important.

  2. Mr Smith, I am very old – old enough to remember when vaccines for chicken pox, measles, whooping cough, polio, flu, tetanus etc were not available. Do we really want a return to these dark ages? Do we really want a return of vast epidemics, which is what happens when there are no vaccinations? No doubt you are not vaccinated, and I suggest you do not visit a third world country.

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