At Little Giggles we understand that getting your child immunised can be a scary thought, it is also hard to remember once you have chosen to vaccinate your child when and which immunisation are next.

Are you unsure of why immunisations are important? Here are some reasons reflecting the importance of immunisations, they;

  • protect you and your child from many serious and potentially deadly diseases
  • protect other people in your community – by helping to stop diseases spreading to people who cannot have vaccines
  • undergo rigorous safety testing before being introduced – they’re also constantly monitored for side effects after being introduced
  • reduce or even get rid of some diseases – if enough people are vaccinated
  • 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

How do the vaccines work?

Vaccines teach your immune system how to create antibodies that protect you from diseases. It’s much safer for your immune system to learn this through vaccination than by catching the diseases and treating them, once your immune system knows how to fight a disease, it can often protect you for many years.

Are vaccines safe?

All vaccines are thoroughly tested to make sure they will not harm you or your child. It often takes many years for a vaccine to make it through trials and tests it needs to pass for approval. Once a vaccine is being used in the UK it also monitored for any rare side effect by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Are there side effects from having an immunisation?

Most of the side effects of vaccination are mild and do not last long, side effects may include;

  • the area where the needle goes in looks red, swollen and feeling a bit sore for 2 to 3 days
  • babies or young children may feel a bit unwell or developing a high temperature for 1 to 2 days

Some children may also cry and be upset immediately after the injection. In rare circumstances people may have a serious allergic reaction to a vaccination and this will usually happen within in minutes of receiving the vaccine.

What’s in a vaccine?

The main ingredient of any vaccine is a small amount of bacteria, virus or toxin that’s been weakened or destroyed in a laboratory first. This means there is no risk of healthy people catching a disease from a vaccine.

Do I have to get my child immunised?

No, the choice is completely yours to make, no one can force you to immunise your child. You will need to let you GP practice know if you are not wishing to vaccinate your child, the GP practice will send you letters reminding you about vaccines coming up and which ones are due to help you keep on track with them if you have chosen to immunise your child.

When and which vaccines does my child receive?

Babies under 1-year-old:

 Age Vaccines
 8 weeks  6-in-1 vaccine
Rotavirus vaccine
MenB
 12 weeks  6-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose)
Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
Rotavirus vaccine (2nd dose)
 16 weeks  6-in-1 vaccine (3rd dose)
MenB (2nd dose)

 

Children aged 1 to 15-year-old:

 Age Vaccines
1 year  6-in-1 vaccine
Rotavirus vaccine
MenB
2 to 10 years Flu vaccine (every year)
3 years and 4 months MMR (2nd dose)
4-in-1 pre-school booster
12 to 13 years HPV vaccine
14 years 3-in-1 teenage booster
MenACWY

Need to talk it over?

Please feel free to come and chat with one of our lovely team or Nursery Manager if you would like to talk about your options. We are happy to be a listening ear or help you further by providing more information.

Here is the NHS link providing more information:
nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/