Australian scientists warn that vaccine objectors could harm others

Top Australian immunization specialists recently expressed concern related to the rising number of vaccine objectors since 1999, warning that parents are putting children at risk of infectious diseases.

With one in 12 babies in Australia not fully immunized, scientists said that outbreaks of diseases that were nearly extinct like whooping cough and measles could occur. The specialists said that the growing number of vaccine objectors puts the entire community at risk, reports.

"Vaccination is incredibly important for our society to keep us free of infectious diseases," Suzanne Cory, the president of the Australian Medical Association, said, according to "You just have to think back to the early days of Australia and look in the cemeteries and see how many young children died of infectious diseases before we had these wonderful vaccines and before we had antibiotics."

Public health officials push vaccinations in an attempt to create herd immunity, which occurs when the majority of the population is vaccinated. When the vaccination rate goes down, the herd immunity can be compromised.

"It is of concern that there are these pockets of conscientious objection to vaccination that are growing," Cory said, according to "I don't think people understand that they're not just choosing for their own family, they're putting at risk the wider community."

The scientists said that social media and the internet with its wealth of information and contentious opinions does not help the vaccination cause.