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A guide to childhood vaccinations

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At the British Society for Immunology, we work to ensure the public benefit from the successes of immunology. A key part of this is supporting the uptake of vaccination, as well as providing reliable, evidence-based information on vaccines and immunity to the general public.

We know that carers and parents may have specific questions regarding vaccines, and that’s why we have created a free, easy to read guide on UK childhood vaccination answering your common questions. The guide explains how vaccines work and how they effectively protect you and your family from disease, as well as providing up-to-date information on the current vaccination schedule for children in the UK. The guide is available to download or read online.

How vaccines work

How do vaccines work and why are they important? In this section we introduce vaccination and other key concepts including herd immunity.

Common questions

Get answers to common questions on vaccines and vaccination. You can also find information on the childhood vaccination schedule recommended by the NHS.

Vaccine myths

Misinformation about vaccines can make it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Here, we explore common myths about vaccines and the truth behind them.

Additional resources

We have created this guide using official health advice and peer-reviewed research. Access references and links to further vaccine resources on this page.