Vaccines work by stimulating our immune system to produce antibodies (substances produced by the body to fight disease) without actually infecting us with the disease. If the vaccinated person then comes into contact with the disease itself, their immune system will recognise it and fight it.
As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination is an important step in protecting your child against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases. You can decide whether to have your child immunised and should be asked for your consent before each vaccination is given.
If you refuse, this should be recorded in your child’s medical notes. Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective. If a child isn't vaccinated, they will have an increased risk of catching the illness.
For further information about vaccinations, visit the NHS website
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