Warning over vaccines: Parents can be charged with neglect

vaccination, jabs, neglect, ministry, warning

PUTRAJAYA: The reluctance of parents to have children vaccinated and immunised, causing an outbreak of infectious diseases which can endanger the latter’s health, can be deemed child neglect.

The women, family and community development ministry, in a statement , advised parents to follow the recommendations of the health ministry to ensure the good health of children.

Section 31 of the Child Act 2001 [Act 611] states that any person who neglects a child commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding RM20,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both.

According to the ministry, the Child Act 2001 was amended through the Child (Amendment) Bill 2015 and was approved in both the Dewan Rakyat on April 6 and the Senate on May 4.

“The Child (Amendment) Bill 2015 will be gazetted and enforced to increase the sentence for child neglect,” said the statement.