By JR on Monday, July 16, 2012
Where taxpayer-subsidized childcare facilities are concerned, I would make a full vaccination record a condition of entry. Fanatical anti-vaccination parents can set up their own centres and infect one-another
CHILDCARE centres are facing pressure to suspend unvaccinated children, sending them home during disease outbreaks.
Peak body Childcare Queensland has urged providers ignoring National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines, which also recommend centres keep a record of unvaccinated children, to follow the rules.
The Sunday Mail yesterday revealed that parents refusing to vaccinate their children were still being paid thousands of dollars in immunisation incentives.
A spokeswoman for federal Childcare Minister Kate Ellis said the guidelines were issued to help centres control infectious diseases.
"It would be of great concern if providers were not taking all reasonable steps to ensure they maintain healthy environments at all times," she said.
Childcare Queensland chief executive officer Gwynn Bridge said centres were required to remind families to keep immunisation up to date.
"Maintaining a current list of children who are not immunised is vital as these children must be excluded if there is any outbreak of a disease (that can be immunised against)," Ms Bridge said.