For parents in Australia, choosing not to vaccinate their children just became a more complicated and pricey decision. As part of the new “No Jab, No Pay” Bill, Parliament says that it will pass a law withholding childcare and tax benefits from parents who opt out of immunizations. The bill also eliminates the label for “conscientious objectors,” a category that allowed parents to receive full benefits from the government without immunizing their children and which has grown greatly in size over the past ten years. Medical exemptions to the immunizations would still be permissible. Parents have until January 1, 2016 to vaccinate their children or face losing up to $11,000 per child per year in benefits. The Australian public is largely in favor of this legislation.
via Yahoo! News