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I would like inquire about the law on child immunisations in

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I would like inquire about the law on child immunisations in South Africa. Do you have to immunize or is it up to the parent? If so how does a parent stand legally if he/she does not immunise?
If consent was given in the hospital for immunisation, does that consent extend to all the immunisations or only for the first immunisation.
Can not immunising be seen as child abuse or parent discretion?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: South Africa Law
Expert:  JJ replied 6 years ago.

Good day


The national department of health has implemented the Expanded Programme on Immunisation in South Africa (EPI(SA)) as one of the cornerstones of its health care policy. The country follows the World Health Organisation's recommended immunisation schedule, where infants are routinely vaccinated against nine major childhood diseases including tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis.


The only requirement that is currently mandatory in South Africa is proof of immunisation against yellow fever for any person that enters the country from a country that is deemed by the WHO as a country where yellow fever transmission is


  • Compulsory vaccination can also be enforced where there is a threat to public health.

It should not be seen as child abuse and is in discretion of the parent.







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