Letter to the Editor - April 22: Immunisation budget

BUSY parents stressed about keeping their child's vaccinations up-to-date can breathe a little easier, with the Abbott Government unveiling its $26 million budget booster to Immunise Australia.

The Government's full immunisation budget package, which will include incentive payments to GPs and other immunisation providers to identify children in their practice overdue for vaccinations and catch them up.

It was part of a balanced "carrot and stick" approach that also included: improving public vaccination records and reminder systems; greater public awareness of the benefits of vaccinations; and the Government's already announced 'no jab, no play, no pay' policy.

I believe most parents have genuine concerns about those who deliberately choose not to vaccinate their children and put the wider community at risk.

However, it's important parents also understand complacency presents as a much of a threat to immunisation rates and the safety of our children as conscientious objections do.

Health Minister Sussan Ley