Unvaccinated children being refused healthcare in Australia

26 April 2017

One in six children not up to date with their vaccines have been refused healthcare treatment in Australia.

This is among the findings of the latest Australian child health poll, a survey of 1945 adults with a total of 3492 children, led by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Poll director, paediatrician Dr Anthea Rhodes, said: ‘The best way to get unvaccinated kids vaccinated is to build good relationships with their doctors, not by refusing care. It is important we remember that engagement with healthcare is the way to support these parents to vaccinate their children and to accept the overwhelming evidence that vaccines save lives.’

The poll also found that nearly 75% of parents would support a policy of refusing access to a school, kindergarten or childcare centre without up-to-date child vaccinations.

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