Vaccinations are a vital part of ethical 'alternative' lifestyles

Vaccinations are a vital part of ethical alternative lifestyles

The wider community cares about immunisation precisely because decisions not to vaccinate can adversely affect others; a risk intensified in areas of low coverage. Now, for the first time in Australia, members and residents of alternative communities are themselves organising around low vaccination rates

A lot has been written about vaccine refusal and its implications for public health, both internationally and within Australia. Nationally, the rate of vaccine refusers (parents who actively decline vaccinations) is estimated to be up to 2%.

Significantly, refusers tend to cluster in certain regions, generating particular risks from insufficient herd immunity for people living there.

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