Child immunisations are a crucial part of safeguarding the health of our children. Immunisations are designed to protect children against a range of illnesses that can cause serious harm.

Vaccines work by stimulating the body's immune system to produce antibodies that fight specific diseases. When a child is vaccinated against a particular disease, they are less likely to contract it, and if they do, the severity of the illness is likely to be less.

The vaccination schedule for infants and young children includes a range of vaccines that protect against diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitis B, and pneumococcal disease. These vaccines are usually given as a series of injections at specific ages. It is important to follow the recommended vaccination schedule to ensure that your child is fully protected against these diseases.

It is normal for children to experience mild side effects after receiving a vaccine, such as a low-grade fever or soreness at the injection site. Serious side effects are rare.

However, the vaccination rate among children in Lincolnshire is decreasing.

The Senor Health Protection Nurse from Lincolnshire County Council is trying to find out why immunisations are not being picked up by families in some areas.

A Childhood vaccinations survey was held and, overall their was 238 responses. Please visit Childhood vaccinations | Let's Talk Lincolnshire to keep informed about progress with this project.