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Getting vaccinations is an important part of caring for your child’s health as those jabs can protect your child against some potentially serious illnesses. Child vaccinations can help to protect other people too and even to eliminate diseases forever.
The benefits of child vaccinations go beyond protecting the individual. When we are all vaccinated, we benefit from something called “herd immunity”. We are safer when the people around us have been vaccinated too, because it makes it harder for diseases to survive and spread. Herd immunity matters because:
However, there is one more benefit of vaccination that is even more important. When enough of us are vaccinated for long enough, we can eradicate diseases. If there aren’t enough people around for the disease to infect, it dies out. We’ve already eliminated a lot of diseases from the UK and smallpox has been eradicated worldwide, thanks to vaccination. In the future, we should be able to eradicate even more diseases, which might mean that one day, none of our children will need jabs.