- protect you and your child from many serious and potentially deadly diseases, including meningitis and pneumonia.
- 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
- sometimes cause mild side effects that will not last long – you may feel a bit unwell and have a sore arm for 2 or 3 days
- reduce or even get rid of some diseases – if enough people are vaccinated
- do not cause autism – studies have found no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Much research has been devoted to this issue and the results have repeatedly shown there is no link. This includes a comprehensive review of all available studies on links between autism and vaccines in 2014, using data from more than 1.25 million children.
- do not overload or weaken the immune system – it’s safe to give children and adults several vaccines at a time and this reduces the amount of injections needed
- do not cause allergies or any other conditions – all the current evidence tells us that vaccinating is safer than not vaccinating.
Not sure? Ask to speak to a doctor or nurse today about vaccination.