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Talking to the public about vaccinations
In the UK, the uptake of vaccines against meningitis is generally good, particularly for childhood vaccines. However, parents often have questions.
Are vaccines safe?
Vaccines are safe. Before being licensed in the UK, vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness and are constantly monitored to ensure safety.
Should I get my child vaccinated?
Vaccination is a parental choice but vaccines reduce the risk of getting this life-threatening disease. The UK childhood vaccination programme has been carefully developed to protect children when they are at the highest risk from preventable childhood diseases. The benefits of each vaccine have been assessed carefully and weighed up against any potential risks. Vaccination of children also protects the population as a whole.
If I get my child vaccinated will they be safe from meningitis?
Vaccines are not available for all types of meningitis and it is important to remain aware of the signs and symptoms. However, the chances of your child getting meningitis are reduced if they have had the relevant vaccines.
Do vaccines have side effects?
Some babies and young children may experience swelling or redness around the site of the injection. Normally this resolves itself within two to three days and doesn’t require treatment.
Occasionally, babies and young children may develop fever following vaccination, particularly with the meningitis B vaccine.
Author: Meningitis Now