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“Immunisation is one of the most important weapons for protecting individuals and the community from serious diseases.” 

Department of Health Website, 
Health & Social Care – Immunisation, December 2012

What is immunisation?

When the human immune system is exposed to a disease once, it can develop the ability to quickly respond to the same disease in the future and prevent it developing. Once a person has been immunised their bodies can fight those diseases if they come into contact with them again.

Image showing a baby receiving an immunisation injection
National Immunisation Programme is determined by the Department of Health who produce two key documents, Immunisation Against Infectious Disease (The Green Book) and Health Information for Overseas Travel (The Yellow Book). 

The Department of Health are guided by both epidemiological information (monitoring infection rates) provided by Public Health England and independent advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The JCVI committee members consist of internationally recognised experts in the field of immunisation and include Dudley’s Nurse Consultant in Communicable Disease, who leads on local Immunisation strategy.

If you require information about immunisations, the diseases they prevent or any side effects from vaccines we would recommend contacting your GP Practice.

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Health Protection Agency Website, Introduction to Immunisation, December 2012

"After clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention in the world for saving lives and promoting good health.” 

Andrew Hall, Chair of the JCVI 

Preface to ‘Immunisation Against Infectious Disease’  November 2012

“The immunisation programme in the UK continues to evolve, meeting the demand to improve the control of infectious diseases through vaccination. ”