Vaccinations prevent deadly infectious diseases

Date Released - 20/04/2022

VACCINATIONS are an important part of family and public health by preventing the spread of contagious, dangerous and deadly infectious diseases.

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing World Immunisation Week (24-30 April), also known as European Immunisation Week (EIW), by promoting the core message that immunisation is important to everyone and vital to prevent diseases and protect life.

Infectious diseases such as measles, polio, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, diphtheria, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and COVID can all be prevented by getting vaccinated.

If you are young or old and healthy, getting vaccinated can help you stay that way.

Vaccines are as important to your overall health as diet and exercise.  Like eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting regular check-ups, vaccines play a vital role in keeping you healthy.   They are one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available.

Drs Asad Ali and Ashwin Ramachandra, co-chairs at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, said: “A vaccine or immunisation is a way to build your body’s natural immunity to a disease before you get sick. This keeps you from getting and spreading the disease.

“When you skip vaccines, you leave yourself and others vulnerable to illnesses.

“It's important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection, but if you or your child missed a vaccine, contact your GP to catch up.”

To find out more about why vaccination is safe and important, visit the NHS website at: