Here's why you might be worrying for the wrong reasons!
1. What does a vaccine contain?
A vaccine contains a small part of the bacterium or virus that causes a disease, or tiny amounts of the chemicals the bacterium produces.
2. How do vaccines work?
Vaccines work by causing the body’s immune system to make antibodies (substances to fight infections and diseases). So if you come into contact with the infection, the antibodies will recognise it and protect you.
3. Needle size
The needle is small, it is the same size needle used to give the babies their vaccinations.
4. Injections don't take long so don't worry!
All injections are given in the top of the arm, but don’t worry it’s quick and you’ll be protected against really nasty diseases.
5. Your period won't affect it
It’s OK to have immunisations whilst you’re on your period.
6. It doesn't matter if you miss the day
If you miss your immunisation don’t worry the healthcare team will be back in your school again in the next term and you can catch up.
7. If you have missed any of your childhood immunisations
….you can check by looking at your child health record or red book, by checking the record at your doctors or the healthcare professional will check for you to make sure you are fully protected.
how to get help
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