The events of the last couple of years have shown us the importance of vaccinations and how they can protect people of all ages against preventable diseases. But how familiar are you with the vaccination programme, and is your whole family up to date with their routine immunisations?
This week is World Immunisation Week (24-30 April), an annual event championed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), aimed at raising awareness about the importance of having vaccines to help prevent diseases. Some diseases affect preschoolers like Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), flu, which affects everyone, and shingles which targets older age groups.
All stages of the NHS vaccination schedule are vital for protecting the wider population’s health. The pandemic may have impacted your (or your family’s) vaccination/immunisation programme. If you didn’t manage to book your own or your child’s vaccine/immunisation appointments when invited during the pandemic, please make time to book an appointment with your GP practice as soon as possible.
For a helpful reminder of immunisations and when to have them, click the link below to view the NHS vaccination schedule.
View the schedule