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Immunisation helps protect against serious diseases. Routine Childhood Immunisation Schedule protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, rotavirus, haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), meningitis C, pneumococcal disease, measles, mumps, rubella and human papilloma virus (HPV). See Immunisation Scotland

Non-routine immunisations include protection against tuberculosis (BCG vaccine), hepatitis B, flu, shingles and travel vaccines.

Heard of herd immunity?

Sometimes a disease can disappear completely from a population if a large proportion of people get vaccinated against it. Smallpox is an example of this. Diseases that are highly infectious such as measles will come back quickly if only a small proportion (1 in 10) of children do not get vaccinated. In Borders we enjoy some of the highest uptake levels of vaccination in the country. This provides not only an excellent level of protection for our children but for the whole population – see a great little animation that explains this concept of 'Herd Immunity'. See Immunisation Scotland