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Israeli Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children may face a huge fine



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Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children could lose up to 2,000 NIS ($539) if a bill approved by the Ministerial Legislation Committee on Sunday becomes law.

The bill is intended to regulate state treatment with anti-vaccine families and will allow the Department of Health to keep non-vaccinated children out of schools when there is anxiety about an outbreak.

The proposal includes a request from the Health Ministry to monitor which children are immunized or not, according to the ministry's recommendations, and to send a warning to those parents who have not been vaccinated.

If the parents have not vaccinated their children after the warning, they will be summoned to a meeting to explain the importance of vaccination and if they still refuse to end, they will have to sign a document that says it. At this point, parents who do not vaccinate their children may lose income tax rebates worth up to 2,000 YKK ($ 539).

There have been over 1,000 cases of measles reported in Israel this year, most of which are in the Jerusalem region. The health ministry said earlier this year that 90% of cases in Israel were either people who had not been vaccinated or contacted non-vaccinated people.

The way not to catch the virus is to get the MMR vaccine, which is 97% effective when the recommended doses are taken on time, according to the Department of Health.

The proposal of MKs Shuli Moallem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi) and Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) was written by the family health organization Midaat and supported by the Israeli medical association and the Israeli Pediatric Association.

Hasson praised the ministerial committee to vote "to cure a sick system.

"We will now be able to implement our national vaccination policy … which balances the protection of public health with freedom. I am pleased to start a long-term solution that will protect our children's health," Hasson said.

Moallem-Refaeli, a nurse practitioner, said that "children who have not been vaccinated are at risk of getting sick and can spread to those who surround them and become the center for manifestations of serious illnesses that may have tragic results.

"We have to respond to parents who refuse to vaccinate for lack of knowledge or ideological reasons and bring better public health," he added.

In the light of the current political situation, the bill is unlikely to reach a final vote before the Knesset is dispersed. However, if a first reading passes, Knesset will be called upon to continue its work where it will stop after the elections.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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