The Back to School task which may have been missed – check vaccination history
With many parents busy preparing to send children back to preschool and school this week, some for the first time, Federal Government ministers have added an extra item to the “to do list” – check children’s immunisation records for conditions such meningococcal, measles, and tetanus are up to date, as they get ready to begin their learning this year.
Child Care Subsidy, Family Tax Benefit, and other Centrelink benefits can be affected if a child’s immunisation status is not up to date, making correct information an asset for early childhood education and care (ECEC) providers also. Parents are encouraged to talk to their health provider about a catch up schedule if needed, particularly in states and territories where “no jab, no play” legislation exists.
The process to check that a child’s immunisations are up to date is simple and easy to navigate online, with Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt describing Australia as a “vaccination nation,” and encouraging families to prioritise their child’s immunisation.
“The first three quarters of 2020 saw record results of child immunisation for one year olds, two year olds and five year olds, which is a terrific reflection on Australian families and their dedication to prioritising their children’s health,” Mr Hunt said.
Federal Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said that 2020 has shown the importance of the health of our families, our children and our communities, encouraging families to “get routine vaccinations for their children against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, polio and tetanus before school gates open. Not vaccinating puts their own child at risk, but it risks the health and safety of other children too.”