Immunisations are a really important part of preventing a range of childhood illnesses - some of which can be serious. These include things like tetanus, polio, measles and meningitis.
Since the start of the UK childhood immunisation programme in the 1940s, we have seen a significant drop in cases of several conditions and their complications. It’s also saved a countless number of lives.
The actual schedule in the UK has changed over the years. This is because of changing patterns of disease, learning from research and experience with existing vaccines, and also the introduction of new vaccines. It is important that these changes happen so that we keep up with latest developments and make sure our programme offers the best protection.
So this year, the UK immunisation schedule for children has undergone three big changes and parents need to be aware - to avoid any confusion and make sure that their children are protected.