Vaccination greatly reduces the burden of infectious diseases.
Only clean water rivals vaccines at reducing infectious diseases and deaths 1. Immunisation has the potential to prevent 6 million deaths worldwide each year 2.
Vaccination greatly reduces the burden of infectious diseases1. Vaccination has resulted in dramatic falls in rates of many vaccine preventable diseases in the UK.
Vaccine first introduced to NHS5
Invasive meningococcal disease
Invasive pneumococcal disease
Meningococcal and pneumococcal disease 12,13...
20-25% of survivors of invasiv disease have permanent effects including...
The NHS offers vaccination against strains of meningococcus and pneumococcus to specific age groups.
Vaccines target specific diseases but can also have additional health benefits.
A person with cancer may be more at risk of catching flu and more likely to become very ill.14
In a US study, an elderly population vaccinated against influenza had approx 20% less chance of being hospitalised for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease than an elderly unvaccinated population15.
Vaccination can help the global fight against antibiotic resistance16.
Improving uptake of vaccination is part of the UK’s anti-microbial resistance strategy18.
NHS vaccination against 2 infectious diseases19
NHS vaccination against 20 infectious diseases20
With the development of new vaccines, the NHS immunisation programme has expanded to offer protection against many infectious diseases to specific age groups and those most at risk from infection or complications5,20.
Date of preparation: June 2018