Australian Parents Who Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids to be Issued Monthly Fines

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Bad news for anti-vaxxers. Parents in Australia will now be issued monthly fines if they refuse to vaccinate their children. The Independent reports that parents will lose A$28 (£16) every two weeks from their tax benefits for each child that is not up-to-date with their vaccinations. Families earning over A$80 will be slapped with higher charges.

Australia already had a “no jab, no pay” policy. But, the government is issuing further financial sanctions for the sake of public health. Previously, parents who refused to vaccinate their kids lost an end of year payment to their family tax benefit, roughly A$737.

The new fines are intended to be a “constant reminder” for parents with unvaccinated children. According to Australia’s parliament, the number of children under seven with a “conscientious objection” to immunization rose from 0.23 percent in December 1999 to 1.77 percent in December 2014.

“Immunisation is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan. “Parents who don’t immunise their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people.”

The Great Debate

Should you vaccinate your children? Or, should you rely on nature’s medicine(s) to boost your kid’s immune system? These two questions are often asked in opposition, and there’s no clear answer. This is because there is merit to both sides of the debate.

What everyone needs to do is look at the facts, then decide for themselves whether or not they should vaccinate. To assist with this task, Truth Theory has published several articles on the topic of vaccinations. They follow:

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Source: The Independent

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