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What are the risks of not vaccinating my baby?

Page last updated 11 October 2018

Your baby’s immune system is not fully developed like older children and adults. Therefore, vaccination is an effective way to protect your baby against certain vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. 

By keeping your child up-to-date with their vaccinations, you’re also helping out the community by protecting the more vulnerable people from becoming infected. Many of the diseases we are vaccinating against are rarely seen in Australia anymore, this is because of routine widespread vaccination and surveillance. These diseases do still occur in some parts of the world. If we stopped vaccination and someone was to arrive from overseas with one of these infections, it could easily spread to others.

Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control, For Parents. Vaccines for Your Children. Available at (accessed 19 April 2018).
  2. Australian Government, Department of Health. The top facts about immunisation. Available at (accessed 19 April 2018).
  3. Australian Government. Department of Health. Why get immunised? Available at (accessed 19 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0151a - Date of preparation May 2018