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We use vaccines to build our body’s immune system and prevent world diseases from invading. The vaccine provides a controlled exposure to the infection, which trains and strengthens the immune system so that it can fight that disease quickly and effectively in the future.
Vaccines protect us from dangerous and fatal diseases that are present. They protect children, the elderly and the vulnerable. They help control epidemics and after clean water, they are the second most effective health intervention.
What is a vaccine and how does it work? Are they effective and what are the risks? Should I get my child vaccinated? These are all great questions that are answered in our free downloadable infographic image.
Vaccines are very safe as our national regulatory agency governs their testing and manufacturer, which ensures that they are safe for human use.
There are circumstances where vaccines should not be taken, for example when pregnant to prevent live disease affecting an unborn child, or by those recovering from certain illnesses.
There are many rumours about negative side-effects of vaccines, which are not just untrue but potentially very damaging. A false claim linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism in the UK in the 1990s caused levels of vaccination to fall significantly in some parts of the country. This led to a reduction in herd protection, which has resulted in outbreaks of measles and mumps in recent years. Both these diseases can cause encephalitis, a rare but potentially deadly inflammation of the brain.
If you are planning a trip abroad when government restrictions are relaxed, make sure you check what travel vaccinations are required for you to visit. Take a look at the vaccine requirements for the top 20 holiday destinations. You need Hepatitis A to visit Turkey, Typhoid to visit Indonesia and if you are at risk you may need a rabies vaccination for Italy. If you check 8-12 weeks before your trip, you will have plenty of time to receive the doses you require to prevent disease and illness.
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