Information on vaccines, disease and immunisation for you and your family can be found on the NHS website.

Vaccinations help prevent serious illnesses. Vaccinations are safe, and serious side effects are extremely rare. It's a good idea to have your child vaccinated at the right age.

Routine childhood vaccinations start when your baby is two months old and are normally completed by the time they are 18, although teenage years are a key time for some important vaccinations. You can find a full vaccination schedule here. The timetable has been worked out to help minimise the risk of catching such diseases as measles, meningitis, mumps, polio, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria.

Any missed vaccinations or catch-up doses can be organised through your child's GP.

Childhood flu immunisation programme

Flu can be a serious illness for children and other vulnerable groups, with potential complications including bronchitis, pneumonia, infections which may require hospitalisation. The UK's childhood vaccination programme helps protect not only children but also the wider population from the risks of flu.

A free flu vaccine in the form of a nasal spray is offered to young children either by their school or their GP. Full information about the vaccine, including who is eligible, age guidance, and other medical advice can be found here.