Keeping up-to-date with routine vaccinations is vital if everyone in your family is to be protected from preventable diseases.
Immunisation uses the body’s natural defense mechanism to build resistance to specific infections. When an immunised person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will respond to prevent them developing the disease.
It is estimated that between two and three million deaths throughout the world are averted through immunisation each year.1 In the UK, the immunisation programme continues to evolve, meeting the demand to improve the control of infectious diseases through vaccination.
Did you know?
After clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention in the world for saving lives and promoting good health.2
The Department of Health recommends that all children of a certain age are immunised against childhood vaccine-preventable infections.3
To find out how to protect you and your family against some of the most common and potentially dangerous diseases please visit the NHS website: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations.
If you think you or your child is not up-to-date with vaccinations, you can ask your GP or nurse at any time for advice. The Department of Health considers it is important to have vaccinations to protect you and your family against dangerous or life-threatening diseases.3
1.WHO, Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals.
2.HPA, Vaccination Immunisation.
3. Department of Health, Public health, Immunisation.