The Shannon-based Vice President of the NAGP is calling for incentives to drive up child vaccination rates.
It comes amid what’s been described as a ‘campaign’ against the HPV jab, which protects against cervical cancer.
The target is for 80 per cent of eligible girls to get the injections, however last September the rate was below 50 per cent.
One suggestion is for parents whose kids don’t get the full schedule of immunisations to suffer a 50 per cent child benefit cut.
Shannon GP, Dr Yvonne Williams agrees something needs to be done – but she says child benefit isn’t the way to go.
Meanwhile, the Children’s Minister agrees that parents shouldn’t be punished to ensure children are vaccinated.