It’s more than an embarrassment. It’s truly a disgrace. Kids are not required by law to be vaccinated against measles and other nasty contagious diseases. Here. In Israel. In our hi-tech wonderland filled with the latest and greatest of everything. This has to be a bad joke.
I know that tipat chalav willingly, and even eagerly, vaccinates all kid comers. As they should. But should the parents decline, that’s it? Yes! Hence we have various populations in this country with children who are unprotected. Many of these parents are well educated, well read and well paid. Is this some sort of status move for them?
Parents have an obligation, a legal obligation, to be responsible. Child neglect is against the law. Parents can be punished severely for that crime and even have children removed from their care.
And universal vaccinations also protect the nation as a whole. Vulnerable citizens, elderly, immune compromised, can die from measles. It is obligatory that innocents be protected from these foolish parents.
So why do some parents manage to avoid vaccinating their children and subjecting them to dangerous diseases? Measles is not cute. It can be deadly. It spreads quickly and easily in an unvaccinated population.
Studies repeatedly confirm that vaccinations are safe. They also must be mandatory.
With an election coming up here’s another item that a candidate can stand up for. Vaccinating children must be required prior to admission to any school, gan or daycare center in the country. Unless a child has significant and compelling medical issues parents must show certificates of vaccination before admission to any school is permitted By law.
We Israelis have never been shy. It’s time for us to add mandatory vaccinations to laws we expect our government to enforce.