Vaccination (or Immunisation) is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and other people against serious disease.
Most vaccinations are given by injection and are often given more than once to make sure the protection continues. This is known as a booster immunisation. Children usually need booster immunisations when they have reached pre-school age (five years old), and again before they leave school (between 13 and 18 years of age).
You are advised to adhere to the correct immunisation dates because the earlier your child is immunised the better protected they are.
Full details of the NHS vaccination schedule can be found at the NHS website with associated detailed information about each vaccination.
The NHS vaccination schedule for children is part of the NHS Baby Review Programme. Shortly before or after your baby was born, you will have been given a Personal Child Health Record (PCHR), often called "the red book". Details of all vaccinations will be recorded in your child's PCHR and it is important you keep it in a safe place and ensure that it is kept up to date.
The information contained in your child's PCHR can be important in later on in life, to check whether boosters are needed or checking if vaccination for travel purposes is required.
Vaccinations available for adults
Vaccinations available for adults include winter flu, and for certain age groups, shingles and pneumonia.
Flu vaccine is offered every year by the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. Details of the the flu vaccination program can be found at this link.
Flu vaccine is also available for children in the form of a nasal spray vaccine. More information is available at this link.
People with dementia, are more at risk of becoming seriously ill from flu and needing hospital treatment. More information is available from Alzheimers.org.uk.
Details of the shingles vaccine and who should have it are available at this link.
Details of the pneumonia vaccine and who should have it are available at this link.
Vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they become routinely available but if you have any concerns over the risks or side effects, go to the following link:
For further advice on immunisations contact your GP, health visitor, practice nurse or school nurse.
Vaccinations are also available for when you travel abroad. For more details go to MAG-HEALTHCARE ABROAD.
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