Australia cracks down on unimmunised child health risks

Families who avoid vaccinations could lose up to $2,100 in benefits. [ABC]
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Families who avoid vaccinations could lose up to $2,100 in benefits. [ABC]

Last Updated: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:59:00 +1100

The Australian Government has warned parents whose children have avoided full immunisation they will be stripped of family tax benefits under a new scheme promoting children's health.

The Government is concerned that 11 per cent of five-year-olds are not immunised, saying these children's health are placed at general risk.

It will now tie family tax benefits to immunisations, with families who avoid vaccinations facing the loss of up to $2,100 in benefits.

The government will also drop the $129 immunisation allowance for families.

Children will also be required for the first time to be vaccinated against Meningococcal C, Pneumococcal and chicken pox.

The government is also launching a campaign to tell parents how to protect babies from whooping cough.

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