If you aren’t vaccinated and you get a preventable disease, it could have serious complications. You could be left with a disability or it could even be fatal. Some groups in the community are particularly at-risk. This includes children under 5, pregnant women, people with certain medical conditions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people over 65 years of age.
Queensland’s childhood immunisation rates are comparable with national rates. The Queensland community shows a high level of support for immunisation and death or disability from many once-common infectious diseases is now rare. However, because the diseases are not seen regularly in the community, we need to guard against complacency and continue to recognise the importance of immunisation.