No Vaccines = No School

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Registered: 11-13-2008
No Vaccines = No School
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Fri, 04-26-2013 - 2:30pm

The chief of the Australian Medical Association wants to take a hard stance with parents who do not get their children vaccinated: 

Unvaccinated children should be held back from school and groups spreading anti-vaccination messages should be punished, according to the federal president of the Australian Medical Association.

Dr Steve Hambleton said a report released on Thursday detailing national immunisation rates raised concerns about parents in certain areas not following vaccination guidelines.

''We should certainly make it difficult for [unvaccinated] children to get to school,'' said Steve Hambleton, responding to new national statistics on immunisation rates.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/no-vaccine-no-school-says-ama-chief-20130411-2hn29.html#ixzz2RayVXpw0

What do you think?  Are you concerned about this happening where you live? 

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2011
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 2:49pm

I think that they have every right to protect public safety.  They have to think of the population as a whole, and make sure that there aren't outbreaks of preventable diseases.  If parents don't want to vaccinate, than they can keep their children out of the general population.

I do think exceptions need to be made for a child that had a reaction to a vaccine.  I think that's been mentioned on the board before, and think you need to allow for that.  That should be very rare though and wouldn't put the general public at risk. 

 

Chelsea

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 11:50am

I don't know what the laws are in Austrailia, and that's why I am glad I don't live there I suppose.  That's what's nice about living in the United States, we still have the right to our opinions and medical care of our children, as well as a free public education.  And if you choose not to vaccinate and there isn't an exemption for it, then you have the option to homeschool.

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