Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases.
Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill health. They prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year.
Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely.
Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced.
It's important that you have your children vaccinated because it's possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again.
Vaccines given to babies under 1 year old
- 6-in-1 vaccine (diphtheria, hepatitis B, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b), polio, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis).
- Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
- MenB (meningococcal group B bacteria) vaccine
- Rotavirus vaccine
Vaccines given to children aged 1 to 15
- Hib/MenC (Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis C) vaccine
- MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine
- Children's flu vaccine
- 4-in-1 (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio) preschool booster
- HPV vaccine
- 3-in-1 (diphtheria, tetanus and polio) teenage booster
- MenACWY (4 strains of the meningococcal bacteria – A, C, W and Y) vaccine