Are childhood vaccines safe?
Yes, childhood vaccines are generally very safe and important for your child. They work well in protecting babies and children against serious infectious illnesses.
All vaccines given to children in the UK will have been approved by the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and have gone through careful testing. The MHRA is there to make sure that medicines, among other things, are safe and high-quality.
Some people who disagree with vaccines have claimed that they are linked to problems such as autism and allergies. But several large studies have found no evidence to support these claims.
Some children may experience side effects from vaccines; the two most common are minor swelling where the injection is given, and children having a high temperature for a short time. Side-effects like these are usually very mild and normal, and there’s strong evidence that giving children vaccines is safer than not doing so. It’s also clear from the data that infectious diseases are much more common in children in countries where vaccines are not routinely available, or where people have decided not to vaccinate.
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