Vaccines are Vital

28 August 2020

Vaccines are vital. We all know it, but it’s easy to forget, easy to put off and easy to miss out on life saving vaccines if we don’t stand up and take action. When you take your loved ones to get vaccinated, you are not only providing lifesaving protection to them, you are also contributing to greater protection for your entire community.

Currently we are facing the very real possibility of such a decline in having vaccines that our children, our wider families and communities will no longer be protected from many preventable diseases, and due to the ongoing pandemic the number of children and babies getting vital immunisations continues to drop.

That’s why we need your help to spread the word. We need you to encourage the people you interact with, the networks you are part of and the parents who look to you for advice and guidance to get vaccinated. We need you to provide reassurance that their GPs will keep them and their family safe and that more than ever before we need our children, the wider population and all those who can be safely vaccinated to take action.

Not everyone can get all available vaccines. People who have weak immune systems, or certain illnesses, can’t get all types of vaccines and so rely on others to help protect them by getting vaccinated. Some vaccines are given only to the main age groups that carry the infectious diseases to protect others. This helps rates of infection to fall among the general population. So when you vaccinate, you are quite literally saving lives.

We are supporting the Meningitis Research Foundation ‘Vaccines are Vital’ campaign to highlight the value of vaccines: “Vaccines have saved billions of lives around the world since their inception. However, despite their proven efficacy and safety, some people don't get all of the vaccines that are freely available to them. This behaviour, known as vaccine hesitancy, was listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the most pressing threats to global health in 2019.” We will also be sharing the NHS ‘Vaccines Work’ messaging across our media channels.

As we move forward, we want to work with community groups, members of the public and our partner organisations to raise the profile of immunisations and invite our communities to lead the way in being advocates as well as providing insights into any barriers that may stop them from accessing vaccines. We will be in touch with you shortly to discuss these plans. If you wish to be actively involved or support this work, please complete the form here.   

If you want to find out more about the campaign including accessing fact sheets, links to a wide range of resources and much more please visit the Meningitis Research Foundation website here.