Immunisation is the safest way to protect you and your children from serious diseases.
Vaccines are the reason that diseases such as smallpox, polio and tetanus are gone or seen very rarely. These used to kill millions of people but no longer do.
However, if people stop having vaccines, it's possible for diseases to quickly spread again.
You can read about the vaccinations for children and adults in the UK, on the NHS website. If you're planning to travel outside the UK. Then you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world. Find out more details about travel vaccinations.
Vaccinations for children
Children should complete the routine childhood immunisations provided by your GP.
Families should also think about travel vaccinations for certain countries.
Vaccinations for adults
If you're over 65, or under 65 with a long term condition such as diabetes or asthma. Or if you're pregnant, you should think about:
- having a flu vaccination every year (or while pregnant)
- having a one off pneumococcal vaccination
If you're not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations. Ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you.