Childhood Immunisations are available free to all children.
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting babies and children against certain diseases. The risks from having these diseases are far greater than the risk of any minor side effects from immunisation. The Health Service Executive has an excellent booklet on the scheme and you can view or download it here free: Your Child’s Immunisation – A Guide for Parents.
How do vaccines work?
When your child is given a vaccine, their body responds by making antibodies, the same as if they had caught the disease but without getting sick. Their body then produces antibodies to destroy the vaccine and these stay in your child’s body and protect them against the actual disease.
One in every five of the world’s children still doesn’t have access to life-saving immunisations. That’s more than 22 million children at risk of dying from preventable diseases, right now. This moving video by UNICEF tells the story eloquently: