Important information about immunisation and starting nursery

Close up of a syringe going into a young girl's arm, administered by a female with gloves

When your child starts nursery, they will be exposed to a new environment with increased interaction with other children. As parents, it is natural to want to protect our children from harm. In fact we spend lots of time thinking about how we can best safeguard their health. One crucial step in ensuring the well-being of your child is through immunisation.

Immunisation protects against diseases

Immunisation offers a robust line of defence against various preventable diseases. When your child is immunised, their body learns to fight off certain infections. Of course, this is particularly beneficial in a nursery setting where they might come into contact with these diseases. Immunisation is not only about individual health; it also plays a vital role in public health. When a large proportion of the population is immunised, it becomes difficult for diseases to spread. In other words, we are protecting those who cannot be immunised due to medical reasons. This concept, known as herd immunity, can be particularly crucial in environments like nurseries where children interact closely with each other. This is why the National Health Service (NHS) stresses the importance and safety of vaccinations. Vaccines undergo rigorous testing and continuous monitoring to ensure they are safe and effective.

If you have any questions or concerns about immunising your child, we strongly recommend speaking to a GP or health visitor. These healthcare professionals have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in this field. So they can provide you with accurate and reliable information to help you make an informed decision. Your child’s health and well-being is our shared priority. By seeking advice from a trusted healthcare professional, you are taking proactive steps towards safeguarding their health. Please do not hesitate to reach out to these professionals. They are there to help and guide you throughout this important process.

Download NHS information about immunisation and starting nursery