Anti-vaccination parents create own 'Natural Immunity Community'
... setting up childcare rosters to keep unimmunised kids at home
- Anti-vaccination network is creating its own childcare and homeschooling
- Natural Immunity Community idea is in response to Queensland's No Jab No Play
- The network has expanded to 800 members on Queensland's Sunshine Coast
- The network called for a national debate and insists the anti-vaxxers would win
- Kids don't need to be immunised to attend childcare in six states and territories
Queensland parents who have been shunned by the mainstream for not vaccinating their children are fighting back.
The Sunshine Coast-based Natural Immunity Community, a network of anti-vaccination families, has revealed plans to create their own childcare and homeschooling in response to the federal government's No Jab No Play regulations implemented in 2016.
Network spokeswoman Allona Lahn has accused the government of insighting fear and spreading misinformation and propaganda about vaccination.
She has called for a national debate on the controversial issue and told Daily Mail Australia she thinks the anti-vaxxers would win.
Allona Lahn is the spokeswoman of Natural Immunity Community, a network of anti-vaccination families in Queensland's south
Children do not need to be immunised to attend childcare in South Australia, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania
Under the federal policy, only parents of children who are fully immunised can received any family tax benefits and childcare rebates they are eligible for.
'We are creating alternatives as we have been forced into a corner thanks to the bullying, intimidation tactics by our government,' Ms Lahn said.
'Mothers rights' have been lost in the community so we're offering services to help and support anti-vaxxers out there.'
According to Ms Lahn, Natural Immunity Community membership has skyrocketed from 18 to 800 within three years on the Sunshine Coast, where parts of the region have the lowest immunisation rates in Queensland for five-year-olds.
Unvaccinated children are prohibited from attending childcare in New South Wales and Victoria.
Children do not need to be immunised to attend childcare in South Australia, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
Queensland childcare operators can cancel or refuse the enrolment of a child who is not vaccinated.
'Most day care centres have accepted unvaccinated children,' Ms Lahn told Daily Mail Australia.
'The problem is accessible childcare. Without the rebates, many families can't afford $90 per day for childcare so people are looking at alternatives.'
The Natural Immunity Community currently provides a childcare alternative for members.
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