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Immunisation and vaccination

Vaccination saves lives. Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill health.  

Vaccination, or immunisation, is the process of giving someone a vaccine and them becoming immune to the disease as a result of that vaccine. It uses the body’s natural defence mechanism to build resistance to specific infections. For example whooping cough or measles. 

Vaccines are usually given by injection or oral drops. Routine vaccination is free; however, if you are travelling to a country where additional vaccinations are recommended, you may have to pay. 

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