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Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Not only do they protect yourself, but also others in the community, by helping to stop diseases spreading to others that are unable to have a vaccination.

Diseases such as smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely now in the UK.

However, if people stop having vaccines, it's possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again.

Visit our Immunisation service page to find out how we can help with your child's immunisations.