Immunisation

You and your family may be entitled to a range of immunisations that will help keep you healthy. Vaccines are rigorously tested and are the best line of defence against disease.

The NHS website gives full details about the vaccinations that are available for you and how to get them. Links to this information are available below.

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you’ll usually begin to feel better within about a week.

However, it can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition and it can be horrible for little children. If children catch flu they can also quickly spread it around the whole family. 

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu jab.  

MMR is the combined vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. MMR immunisation is the safest way that parents can protect their children against measles, mumps and rubella – diseases that can be serious for babies, young children and their families.
 
The number of cases of measles isn’t only increasing in young children – older children, teenagers and adults are getting it too. 
 
To be protected you need to be immunised with MMR vaccine.

The HPV vaccine protects against the two strains of HPV (16 and 18) that cause cervical cancer in over 70% of women. It does not protect against any other sexually transmitted infections or against pregnancy.

Because the HPV vaccine does not protect against all cervical cancers, it is really important for all girls to have cervical screening later in life.

If you’re planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.