Immunisation for children
Babies are born with some natural immunity which they get from their mother, and through breast feeding. This gradually wears off as the babies’ own immune system starts to develop. Having your child immunised gives extra protection against illness which can cause breathing problems, brain damage, meningitis or paralysis.
Immunisation prepares babies to fight against disease in case they come into contact with them in the future, by producing (protection) antibodies; antibodies are part of the body’s defence mechanism against illness and disease. Some immunisations have to be given more than once to build up protection or “top up” the level of antibodies, this is called a booster.
You can get more details about immunisation from the NHS Choices website.
- Ward 5: 0191 227 5005 or 282 4598 (closed between 2.00am and 8.00am)
- NHS 111