As a parent, you may not like seeing your child being given an injection. But vaccination will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.
There are 3 good reasons to have your child vaccinated;
- vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective
- once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it off better
- if a child's not vaccinated, they're at higher risk of catching and becoming very ill from the disease
There will always be some children who are unprotected. Maybe they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, they're too young to be vaccinated or very rarely, the vaccine does not work.
However, if more parents have their children vaccinated, more children in the community will be protected against an illness, such as a measles outbreak.
You may be concerned that too many vaccines at a young age could "overload" your child's immune system, but this really is not the case. Studies have shown that vaccines do not weaken a child's immune system. As soon as a baby is born, they come into contact with a huge number of different bacteria and viruses every day, and their immune system copes.
The bacteria and viruses used in vaccines are weakened or killed, and there are far fewer of them than the natural bugs that babies and children come into contact with. In fact, if a child was given 11 vaccines all at the same time, it would only use a thousandth of their immune system.
Read these articles to find out more about vaccine safety, plus the risks and benefits:
What to expect after vaccinations
Benefits & Risk of Vaccination
To check what vaccinations are needed, see the Childhood Vaccination Schedule.