Tax Incentives Used to Increase Vaccination Rates

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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has declared the withholding of a supplemental tax benefit of around 663 US dollars to some families who refuse to comply with government-mandated vaccination procedures.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has declared the withholding of a supplemental tax benefit of around 663 US dollars to some families who refuse to comply with government-mandated vaccination procedures.

Families registering as conscientious objectors continue to receive the tax funds.

Those who do not sign up for either the three part immunization procedure or conscientious objector status do not receive the benefit, but religious and medical exemptions are considered by party policy.

The Australian government stresses the risk of measles and whooping cough along with the value of immunization.

Some Australian families opt out of the government-advised immunization procedures due to suspicions regarding the medical establishment.

Concerns about the negative effects of immunization coupled with parental interest in health and diet based alternatives to disease and virus prevention have all contributed to this controversial position.

The removal of another cash incentive paid to doctors who seek out unvaccinated children may contribute to the problem, according to the President of the Australian Medical Association.

The Richmond Valley Area, location of anti-immunization group Australian Vaccination Network, has the lowest vaccination rate in the country.

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