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Why vaccination is important and how to get the vaccinations you are eligible for.

First published:
30 September 2022
Last updated:

Vaccinations protect you against harmful diseases before you come into contact with them. They train your immune system to create antibodies in a safer way than being exposed to the disease.

Vaccines do not cause the disease or put you at risk of its complications. They make your immune system stronger and help you build resistance to specific infections.

Vaccinations save lives and reduce hospitalisations. It's important to keep up to date with the vaccinations you or your family are eligible for. This will help protect yourself, your family and the wider community against ill health.

We use the latest clinical and scientific evidence to guide our vaccination programme.

A schedule of routine vaccinations is available on the Public Health Wales website. If you think you or your child have missed any, speak to your GP or healthcare professional.

Your GP will have a record of the vaccinations you have received in your lifetime. If you have ever moved GP practices, you can check if your current GP has received your vaccine history.

You need to make sure your GP contact details are up to date. This is important in order for your local health board to contact you.