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What are the risks of not vaccinating my child?

Page last updated 04 June 2020

Without vaccination, your child is at risk of catching a vaccine-preventable disease. Unvaccinated children can spread vaccine-preventable diseases through their school or within their community. 

They may also infect people of any age who are unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons. This can include children or adults with leukemia/other cancers or people with weakened immune systems. They may also infect babies who are too young to be fully immunised.

Sources & Citations

1. Australian Government. Department of Health. Why get immunised? Available at: (accessed 19 May 2020)

5. Immunization Action Coalition. What If You Don’t Vaccinate Your Child? Available at: (accessed 19 May 2020).

MAT-AU-2000003 - Date of preparation June 2020