The Health Minister slams parents who choose to get vaccination information from “crackpots on the internet”.
Health officials are concerned a number of Melbourne parents still refuse to vaccinate their children, and maintain those children will be refused entry to childcare centres and kindergartens, reports 7 news.
“We’ve made some really terrific strides since we introduced our ‘no jab, no play’ policy,” Minister Jill Hennessy said.
“Get your information from GPs, not from crackpots on the internet.
“This is not just the health of your child but everyone’s children.”
The government is launching a new campaign designed to boost immunisation rates.
In some Melbourne suburbs, immunisation rates for children under five have fallen to below 90 per cent.
“We need to get to that magic 95 per cent immunity rate,” Ms Hennessy said.
“That’s what protects other people in our community from these preventable illnesses.
“Our message to parents is really simple – vaccinate your children.”
“Do not underestimate how organised the anti vaccination movement are,” the Health Minister said.
“They are international and represent, in my view, a very serious threat to the health and wellbeing of children.”
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