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Why You Should Vaccinate

Most importantly, to protect your own child and family. Longer term, If more parents choose not to immunise their children, then the number of children at risk of catching a disease will increase and outbreaks of the disease will occur. Only when a disease has been eradicated worldwide, can children cease to be immunised.

What is a vaccination and how does it work?

Vaccination or immunisation is an effective way of preventing your child from getting serious diseases that can kill or cause long-term health problems.



A vaccine contains a killed, inactivated or weakened part of the virus or bacteria that causes the disease. When the vaccine is given, the body's immune system reacts towards the vaccine and forms protection (antibodies) against it. These antibodies will be ready to protect your child should he or she ever come into contact with that infection.



If your child is not immunised he or she will be at risk from catching diseases and will rely on other parents immunising their children to avoid becoming infected. There will always be some children who are left unprotected because:

  • they can not be immunised for medical reasons, although there are very few reasons why children should not be vaccinated
  • they are too young to be immunised when they are exposed to the infection
  • they missed out on their vaccination appointment for some reason
  • for a few with underlying medical problems, the vaccine doesnt work as well as it should




 

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