Why Get Immunised?
Immunisation is one of the most practical ways you can safeguard your kids from deadly diseases*.
Lucky for us, a lot of viral illnesses, including influenza, now have vaccines that protect us from life-threatening complications.
Immunisation is more than just creating antibodies to fight against future invaders.
It ensures that your community is kept safe from deadly diseases. When more people get vaccinated, it weakens the viruses' power and the disease won't spread as much.
This means that individuals who are more susceptible to getting infected, i.e., pregnancy, the unvaccinated and the young and the sick wouldn't be at risk in acquiring the illness.
This is called "Herd Immunity" and has proven itself to be effective in saving many lives.
You may think that a 93 per cent vaccination rate for 5-year-olds living in Australia is great, but the bottom line is that there's still room for improvement.
Help Control Diseases
If a community gets enough vaccinations, then chances are that the disease won't be able to spread and will eventually die out. This happened with smallpox in 1980 when the World Health Organization led a massive vaccination campaign against the deadly virus.
Polio cases were significantly reduced by using the same strategy. In 2014, the World Health Organization declared Australia free of measles. There are still vaccines for measles, mostly as a precaution for travellers and tourists who may be carrying the virus.
Get Early Childhood Benefits and Services
No Jab No Pay
Starting January 1, 2016, Child Care Rebate (CCR), Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A extended immunisation requirements to include all children, including those who are 19 years old.
One of the requirements states that these children will need to have complete, up-to-date immunisations on approved catch-up schedules or have approved exemptions.
In order to maximize the provisions of CCR, CCB and FTB Part A, all children, including those who are aged 19 years old, will have to get vaccinations as set by age-appropriate immunisation schedules.
Keep in mind that objecting conscientiously no longer counts as an approved exemption.
Parents will be happy to know that they can still have their children up to the age of 19 get their flu shots by availing of the catch-up programs. You may speak with a vaccination provider or your physician regarding catch-up vaccinations and where to get them.
No Jab No Play
In some territories and States, it's essential for children to meet the required immunisations or provide immunisation records to avail of early childhood services. More details can be found on health websites that cover your territory and state (Click here for further information)