Why vaccination is safe and important
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. This page explains how vaccines work, what they contain and the most common side effects.
Watch a video of a GP answering a parents' questions about vaccination
Be aware that anti-vaccine stories are spread online through social media.
They may not be based on scientific evidence and could put your child at risk of a serious illness.
Things you need to know about vaccines
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
do not cause autism - studies have found no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism
do not overload or weaken the immune system - it's safe to give children several vaccines at a time and this reduces the amount of injections they need
do not cause allergies or any other conditions - all the current evidence tells us that vaccinating is safer than not vaccinating
do not contain mercury (thiomersal)
do not contain any ingredients that cause harm in such small amounts - but speak to your doctor if you have any known allergies such as eggs or gelatine
Why vaccines are important
Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill health.Read Full Article