Vaccination is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern medicine. No other medical intervention has done more to save lives and improve peoples quality of life.
Vaccinations are quick and safe. When you have been vaccinated against a disease, your body can fight it more effectively. If someone isn't vaccinated, they remain at risk of catching the illness and of passing infection on to others.
There's a recommended timetable for routine childhood vaccinations. This timetable has been timed to give children and young people the best chance of developing protection against preventable diseases safely and effectively.
If you're not sure whether you've had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you or go and see your school health nurse.
For more information on vaccination visit: NHS Choices Vaccination Schedule page