Routine vaccinations are offered free of charge on the NHS to all children and young people in the UK; the national immunisation programme has meant that dangerous diseases have disappeared but these diseases could come back – they are still around in many countries throughout the world..
In UK, such diseases are kept at bay by the high immunisation rates and that’s why it’s so important for us to protect young people against a range of diseases such a polio, cervical cancer, tetanus and diphtheria. For young children it also vital we protect them against Flu. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. This can often last several days.
A vaccine contains a small part of the bacterium or virus that causes a disease, or tiny amounts of the chemicals the bacterium produces. Vaccines work by causing the body’s immune system to make antibodies (substances to fight infections and diseases). So if you come into contact with the infection, the antibodies will recognise it and protect you.
Kernow Health Community Immunisation Team is responsible for the planning and delivery of all school based immunisation programmes in Cornwall. The vaccinations programmes are primarily carried out in school based settings, although these can also be offered in other community settings depending on individual need. On this part of the website we provide advice and information for Parents, Clinical staff, Schools and Children & Young People.