Vaccinations and Immunisations
Frequency of review: Check with surgery
Appointment Duration: 10 min
Current status: Available
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases.
- protect you and your child from many serious and potentially deadly diseases
- protect other people in your community – by helping to stop diseases spreading to people who cannot have vaccines
- get safety tested for years before being introduced – they’re also monitored for any side effects
- sometimes cause mild side effects that will not last long – some children may feel a bit unwell and have a sore arm for 2 or 3 days
- reduce or even get rid of some diseases – if enough people are vaccinated
One of the best ways to protect your baby against diseases like measles, rubella, tetanus, and meningitis is through immunization. Your baby needs their first injections at eight weeks, then 12 weeks, 16 weeks and one year. Vaccinations are offered free of charge in the UK – just book your appointments with your GP. Remember, as well as protecting your own baby, you’re also protecting other babies and children by preventing the spread of disease.