Time to increase our focus on immunising adults
In recent years, there has been increasing attention on parents who actively refuse to vaccinate their children. Successive federal governments have increased the amount of family assistance payments at stake for those who do not vaccinate, and removed most incentives for providers to vaccinate.1 In 2016, the federal government removed vaccine objection as an alternative to vaccination for eligibility to receive family assistance payments. Two states — Victoria and Queensland — introduced legislation to allow the exclusion of unvaccinated children from child care, with no exemption for objectors. The abolition of the conscientious objection process has been championed in sections of the media2 and by some advocacy groups. Responses to people expressing dissenting views have sometimes been vitriolic.3
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