Parents are being reminded to double check their child’s immunisation schedule is up-to-date as the school year commences for 2020.
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said it was easy for parents to forget in the chaos of the New Year but it was important to protect their children.
“Many childcare providers and schools require children to be up to date with their immunisations, to protect them for harmful diseases and infections,” Mr Vasta said.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan MP said children’s health should be the priority of every parent.
“Parents who don’t immunise their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as other people’s children,” Minister Tehan said.
“Immunisation is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.”
Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert MP said by checking their Medicare account online, parents could see if their child’s immunisations were up-to-date as some Centrelink payments require it.
“You can download a copy of your child’s Immunisation History Statement if you need to provide evidence to enrol,” Minister Robert said.
For more information about immunisation requirements for family payments visit: http://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/immunisation.