Vaccination awareness month in August: 4th August 2022 – Tags: ,

August vaccination Awareness Month raises awareness and encourages everyone to make sure they are up to date with the necessary vaccinations for potentially harmful diseases. Many diseases can be easily prevented with vaccines, protecting against unseen viruses. Take the necessary precautions by calling your doctor and avoid potential harm by leading a healthy, happy life.

For which diseases is vaccination mandatory in UK?

  • Tuberculosis
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal infection
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis B virus
  • Infections against Haemophilus influenzae type B

Dates of compulsory vaccinations in UK:

The first vaccination in the first days of one’s life should be against tuberculosis and hepatitis B. Subsequent vaccinations (against diphtheria, pneumococcus, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type B and possibly recommended vaccinations) should be carried out at 6-8 weeks of the child’s life.

Why are vaccinations so important?

Vaccinations are one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones from a large range of diseases. They prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide each year. Since the introduction of vaccines against diseases such as smallpox, polio and tetanus, these diseases have disappeared or are very rarely seen. Diseases such as measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since the introduction of vaccines against them. However, when we stop using vaccines, these diseases can quickly reappear in our lives. You can read more in our blog.

Why are vaccinations so important

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines teach our immune system how to produce specific antibodies that protect us against many diseases. The main components of vaccines are small amounts of bacteria, viruses or toxins that have previously been weakened or destroyed in the laboratory. After vaccination, the body is left with a stockpile of T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight the disease in question. With some vaccines (mainly non-viable vaccines), the first dose does not provide the greatest possible protection. Thus, more than one dose is needed to build up a more complete immunity.

How do vaccines work

Benefits of vaccination:

Vaccines are the safest way to protect against certain diseases and prevent serious illnesses. Natural infections can cause serious complications and be fatal. This is the case even with diseases that many people think are benign, such as chickenpox. It is impossible to predict who will contract serious infections that can lead to hospitalisation and even death. This is why vaccines are the best way to protect your body.

Sources :

  1. NIPH
  2. Korona Test