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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  • There will always be a pro and con camp, mainstream medicine against natural medicine / methods, chemical against organic, compulsory against free choice.


  • Couldn’t agree more.




  • Going back to 1988, some if not all primary school principals at public schools were asking if children starting school had been vaccinated.


  • Always go for expert advice and do check qualifications and legitimate qualifications. Commonsense always need to be used and authentic research.

    • A lot of care and thorough checking needs to be done when sourcing information from the internet. The author needs to be checked and the content and it needs to be checked against other research too.


  • It’s truly horrifying to read of how the anti vaccine movement is growing. I hope there’s a reverse real soon in this trend


  • It’s like a car accident! Every time someone gets in a car or bus or truck they are being trusted with everyone around’s life. I wish the anti vac people would listen, their child/ren or they themselves for that matter could be instrumental in taking someone’s loved one away from them!
    I think they really need to think about the larger picture – how would they feel if a driver took their loved one away from them and they had done everything right on their side of the road yet their most prize possession was gone and they had no control over it!! They would be left mortified, angry, hurt, depressed the list goes on!
    I wonder if the way we as a society educate each other due to technology has gone terribly wrong! Please anti vacs it’s just a precautionary measure to help all of us as humans survive and protect our loved ones!


  • Do hope this is listened to – the herd cannot be safe if there is less than 95% vaccinated. Unless you want to wipe out many other people as well as your own children, VACCINATE


  • I really hope more and more people will realize how important it is to vaccinate our kids!!


  • vaccines have saved so many lives!


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