Gladstone MP supports new vaccination laws

LAWS which allow early childhood education and care services to exclude children who are not fully immunised has been supported by Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher.

Mr Butcher said these new laws introduced by the Palaszczuk Government will help protect vulnerable children from preventable diseases.

"I strongly support vaccination because it is the best way to protect children from preventable diseases and it also protects those around you," Mr Butcher said.

"By vaccinating your child, you are helping protect children who are too young to be vaccinated or can't be vaccinated for medical reasons.

"Conditions like whooping cough, while usually mild for adults, can have tragic consequences for very young children.

"Most parents are doing the right thing and making sure their children are fully immunised, but some simply forget to take this important step.

"This is why we want to empower early childhood education and care services to have a conversation with parents about their child's immunisation needs and encourage families to vaccinate.

The new laws would come into effect from 1 January 2016 and apply to all early childhood education and care services approved to operate in Queensland.
Parents can find out more about vaccination by visiting here or calling 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).