Childhood Immunisations

Parents/guardians of children will receive notifications via the local Community Health Services when immunisations are due. We strongly advise that your child has all the recommended vaccinations to prevent these serious diseases. Each vaccination is given as a single injection into the muscle of the thigh or upper arm.

Why should I immunise my child?

Immunisation is a way of protecting your child against serious disease. Once children have been immunised their bodies can fight those diseases if they come into contact with them.

If a child is not immunised they will be at risk from catching the disease and will rely on other people immunising their children to avoid becoming infected. However, if more people choose not to immunise their children, then the number of children at risk of catching a disease will increase and outbreaks of the disease will occur.

The recommended NHS vaccination schedule gives children the best chance of developing immunity against these diseases in a safe and effective way and minimises their risk of catching the diseases.

Further reading

There are some excellent websites that will answer all your questions and queries about immunisation and vaccination.

This is a comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate source of information on vaccines, disease and immunisation in the UK.