One of the most vital of these decisions is whether to vaccinate our children fully, partially or at all. All of these choices are valid but, since vaccines, like all medical procedures, can carry with them the possibility of serious injury or death, we need to be able to make our choice with the best available information.
Unlike medical treatments which are given to relieve the symptoms of illness, vaccination is given to healthy babies, children and adults. Therefore, the requirement to ensure safety is greater for vaccines then for any other medical product or procedure.
By the time a child is five, s/he will have received a total of 41 vaccine doses when the schedule has been followed to the letter. This rises to 46 vaccine doses when the recommended yearly influenza vaccines are included, and then to 50 doses when the two recommended antenatal vaccines, Influenza, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough are also included.
The No Jab No Pay law was introduced nationwide on the 1st January 2016 allowing the government to financially coerce parents to vaccinate their children against their will by taking away childcare payments and the Family Tax Benefit A supplement payment. They also introduced the No Jab No Play laws in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales, which enables childcare centres to refuse enrolment of non vaccinated children in Queensland, while Victorian preschool and kinder children are blanket banned from childcare altogether unless they have a medical exemption or are eligible for a 16 week grace period. But even after the introduction of all of these draconian laws, vaccination is still not compulsory for school in Australia.
The AVN has been operating since 1994 with a mandate to protect informed vaccination choice and provide scientifically-sourced information on this complex and difficult issue to our members. We believe that everyone has the right to access all available data on vaccinations, immunisations, immunizations, inoculations – whatever you choose to call them. The government and the medical community provide you with one side of the story – the AVN gives you the other side. Taken together, this data will allow you to make an informed choice for the health of your child. The medical community and government health authorities want to ensure that every child, and indeed, every adult, gets each vaccine on offer. But the ultimate decision is and must always remain with us – the child’s parents.