Anti-vax schools a turn-off
ONE in three parents would be reluctant to enrol their children in a school where there were high numbers of unvaccinated children, an exclusive survey has revealed.
The Victorian government will from next year ban childcare centres from enrolling unvaccinated children where parents are conscientious objectors. But this ban does not extend to primary schools.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says he would support increased transparency on school vaccination rates.
“Although decisions regarding schools are a matter for the states, we do support taking steps to boost immunisation rates through greater transparency of immunisation rates at schools,” a spokesman for Mr Hunt said.
A finder.com.au survey of more than 2000 parents with children under 12 found 30 per cent would avoid a school if it was in a low vaccination area. It was the fourth biggest turnoff after distance, fees and low socio-economic status.
The Federal Government this year pushed states to take a tougher stance on unvaccinated children in childcare.
Royal Australian College of GPs president Dr Bastian Seidel said penalising parents may force some to homeschool.
“If you want to make a difference you need to open up a genuine dialogue with people and make sure parents are well informed,” he said.