Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children can lose up to NIS 2,000 ($539) if a bill approved by the Committee of Ministers for Legislation on Sunday becomes law.
The bill is intended to regulate the state's treatment with anti-vaccine families, and will allow the Ministry of Health to keep unvaccinated children out of school when there are fears of an outbreak.
Proposals include requiring the Ministry of Health to track children who have been immunized or not, according to the ministry's recommendations, and to send warnings to parents of those who have not been inoculated.
If parents do not have their child vaccinated after the warning, they will be invited to a meeting to explain to them the importance of vaccination, and if they still refuse in the end, they must sign a document that says so. At that time, any parent who did not inject their children could lose income tax rebates of up to 2,000 NIS ($ 539).
There are more than 1,000 cases of measles reported in Israel this year, most of them in the Jerusalem region. The Health Department said earlier this year that 90% of cases in Israel were people who had not been vaccinated, or who had contact with unvaccinated people.
The way to not catch the virus is to get the MMR vaccine, which is 97% effective when two recommended doses are received on time, according to the Ministry of Health.
The proposal by MKs Shuli Moallem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi) and Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) was written by the Midaat family health organization, and supported by the Israeli Medical Association and the Pediatric Israel Association.
Hasson praised the minister's committee for choosing "to cure the sick system.
"Now we will be able to implement a national vaccination policy … that balances the protection of public health with freedom. I am happy to start a long-term solution that will protect the health of our children, "Hasson said.
Moallem-Refaeli, a nurse with the profession, said "unvaccinated children are in danger of catching disease and can spread to those around them and become a center for serious disease outbreaks that can have tragic results.
"We must respond to parents who refuse to vaccinate because of lack of knowledge or ideological reasons and bring better public health," he added.
Given the current political situation, the bill is unlikely to reach a final vote before the Knesset spreads. However, if you pass the first reading, the Knesset will be asked to continue the work where it stopped after the election.
This article has been adapted from the original source.