Unfortunately, unlike the highly vocal minority of folks who are against vaccines, we rarely hear from vaccine advocates.
There are a lot of them out there though.
And we are finally starting to hear more about them!
“One woman took four of her kids for the M.M.R. that week.”
Amid a Measles Outbreak, an Ultra-Orthodox Nurse Fights Vaccination Fears in Her Community
Like the story of a nurse in Brooklyn who is educating vaccine-hesitant parents in the middle of a measles outbreak.
And how vaccine-hesitant parents in Oregon are attending vaccine workshops to learn about vaccines from medical professionals.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive. In exit surveys, the vast majority of people who attend our workshops say they’ve decided to vaccinate their children as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.”
How do you get anti-vaxxers to vaccinate their kids? Talk to them — for hours.
Have you heard about the No Jab, No Play / Pay laws in Australia?
Unlike the No Pass, No Play rules that we have in Texas, in which kids can’t participate in extracurricular activities unless they pass all of their classes, No Jab, No Play / Pay has to do with getting kids vaccinated.
As expected, Australia’s new vaccine laws have been a success.
On the national level, No Jab, No Pay has meant that children need to be fully immunized “as a requirement for parents to be eligible to receive the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement, Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.”
Five-year-olds in Victoria are now better protected against diseases prevented by vaccination than in any other state in Australia, new data shows.
Victoria Leads The Nation When It Comes To Vaccination Rates
But it is only in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria that children need to be immunized to attend childcare – No Jab, No Play. Additionally, children need to be immunized to attend kindergarten in Queensland and Victoria.
An increase in vaccination rates, by 2 to 5%, has been seen nationwide though.
What about the idea that No Jab, No Play has lead to a drop in preschool enrollments?
KATHARINA GORKA, NON-VACCINATING PARENT: I don’t think it is fair, to be honest. It makes me feel like we are a bit excluded from society, yeah. PETER MCCUTCHEON: Did you ever think, “I’ll get my son vaccinated so I get around this pre-school problem”? KATHARINA GORKA: No, I never thought about that. PETER MCCUTCHEON: Why not? KATHARINA GORKA: Because I have a set opinion on vaccinations and that is not going to change.
Some pre-schools experience drop in enrolments over ‘no jab, no play’ policy
The law about attending daycare and kindergarten just came into effect in New South Wales, in 2018, but has been in effect since 2016 in Victoria.
We will have to wait a few more months for the 2018 numbers, but preschool enrollment in Victoria was way up after they instituted their strict vaccine requirements!
In Australia during 2017, 339,243 children aged 4 or 5 were enrolled in a preschool program, representing an increase of 2.6% on the previous year’s figure. The largest growth rates were in the Australian Capital Territory (6%) and Victoria (5%).
Australian Bureau of Statistics on Preschool Education, Australia, 2017
Still, some vaccine advocates don’t think that No Jab, No Play / Pay laws are a good idea for Australia. Many also don’t think that it is a good idea that some Australian doctors are starting to refuse to see unvaccinated children, a practice that seems to have been exported from the United States.
Others don’t see alternatives, as they feel that they have been trying for a long time to educate parents that vaccines are safe and necessary, and this is one of the few ways that can reliably improve vaccination rates.