Why immunise?

The development of effective vaccines has led to a huge decrease in childhood deaths.

The World Health Organization stated: 'The two public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world's health are clean water and vaccines.'

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Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight these diseases if we come into contact with them.

Benefits for you

Before vaccines were available, many children in the UK died from diseases such as whooping cough, measles and polio.

Benefits for us all

When enough people are immunised diseases cannot spread.

Eliminating disease

Immunisation is one of the biggest health successes of the last century.

How vaccines work

Years of extensive laboratory and clinical tests are undertaken during a vaccine's development.

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