One of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is to make sure that they have all their routine childhood vaccinations. It’s the most effective way of keeping them protected against infectious diseases.
Ideally, children should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection.
- Find out which jabs your child needs, when they need them, and what the benefits of each jab are.
- Please call the surgery to make an appointment.
What is immunisation?
Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious infectious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight those diseases if we come into contact with them.
How vaccines work
Vaccines contain a small part of the bacterium or virus that causes a disease, or tiny amounts of the chemicals that the bacterium produces. Vaccines work by causing the body’s immune system to make antibodies (substances that fight off infection and disease). If your child comes into contact with the infection, the antibodies will recognise it and be ready to protect him or her. Because vaccines have been used so successfully in the UK, diseases such as diphtheria have almost disappeared from this country.
There are some diseases that can kill children or cause lasting damage to their health. Immunisations are given to prepare your child’s immune system to fight off those diseases if they come into contact with them.
When should your baby be immunised?
It is important that your baby has their immunisations at the right age – the first ones are given at 8 weeks old. They will be given further doses of these immunisations when they are 12 weeks old and 16 weeks old. Other immunisations are given at 1 year of age. Other immunisations are given later, click on the link here for the immunisation schedule.
- For more information please visit the websites below:
- NHS Choice – Vaccinations for you and your family
- Childhood Immunisation Schedule
- National Immunisation Schedule
Please contact Christiana Hartley Medical Practice for further information relating to your child's immunisations should you have any queries, if you wish to book your child in for an appointment once you have received communications from Child Health, please call us on 01704 531114.