The Australian government has announced that it intends to stop welfare payments to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.
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Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbot is going to withhold assistance to families who refuse to vaccinate their children. This may cost families who do not comply to lose up to $11,000 in government assistance if they don’t comply with the new orders. He said that there would only be a small number of religious and medical exceptions to the new rules – supported by the Labor opposition and due to come into effect in early 2016.
This “No Jab, No Pay” initiative is to encourage Australian families to vaccinate their children. The country acknowledges there is a 90% vaccination rate for children under 7 years old, but that this number is deteriorating to uncomfortable levels. ABC News reported that a startling “39,000 children aged under seven were not vaccinated because of their parents’ objections — an increase of more than 24,000 children over the past decade.”
Australia is attempting to curb the anti-vaccination hysteria that has come to light in the developed world. Vaccination preventable diseases have spiked recently in North America. In 2008 there were 923 outbreaks. Compare that to 2014 where there were 58,051 outbreaks. As Mic has reported, there is no excuse for this spike in the developed world. We have access to vaccinations unlike other countries where health care workers are attacked, and killed. If you’d like to see a video please check out Mic’s report.